IN WHAT could become an annual event Presteigne did the double over Kington in a commemoration match celebrating the very first clash between the sides.

The first match between the teams took place in 1844 and players were again competing for bragging rights recently.

When they first met, 175 years ago, Kington prevailed but Presteigne turned the tables to win their first of two matches, meaning Kington were looking to balance matters.

The matches both featured Powerplays of five four-ball overs each, during which the laws of cricket applicable in 1844 ruled.

Bowling was therefore under-arm or round-arm, and LBW was possible with the ball pitching outside leg stump.

Presteigne set the hosts 132 off their 20 overs. In these light-hearted encounters, both teams retired players in an attempt to give everyone a bat. Kington, in fading light, were faced with scoring 20 off the last four balls (under-arm/round-arm). They were to be denied victory again closing on 117.

Kington must wait a year for a chance at redemption, as it's intended to make this an annual event.

A barbecue and drinks rounded off the evening. Kington CC thanked their sponsors ICanFoster, John Priday Construction, Swan Brewery and others for their support of the club.