On a gloriously sunny day Bedford School hosted the first Ollie Feast Memorial Game played between Old Leysian and Old Bedfordian friends that had been at school with Ollie (02-10). Following Ollie’s untimely death, a charity has been established in his memory that supports less advantaged young people from Cambridge and Bedford to grow and develop through sport, travel and leisure – The Ollie Feast Trust. This is the first of what is hoped to be an annual fixture.
With a 30/30 format, there was no sign of rustiness as the OBs set a challenging score of 165. Opener, George Adams (08-13), anchored the innings with 57 off 100 balls and was supported by some late order runs by Sam Norrington (02-09) 33 and James Stroomer (08-13) 31. Gale bowled some tight overs to return 6-2-24-3. However, the OLs had a strong batting line-up and it didn’t fail to deliver. Warrington played a full range of shots for 71 off 61 balls and Gale 22 from 26. Late wickets added to the tension but ultimately the OLs won the with 3.4 overs to spare, a 3 wicket victory.
The match raised over £1000. It provides a considerable contribution to the first summer sports and development camp being run at the Leys 24th to 27th July. This will be in the format of the Crystal Maze and provide forty local 13-15 year olds selected from local schools with an amazing opportunity to stretch their skills and capabilities. The Ollie Feast Trust is also funding 20 travel bursaries for 16-18-year-old people to grow and develop through travel.
Next year’s match will be at the Leys. Details will be provided in due course. A big thank you to everyone involved, especially Richard Garrett, Director of the OB Club and all his staff.
Steve Feast (Ollie’s father)