BIDEFORD S Bank Holiday Festival at Westward Ho! has raised around £1,200 for charity - and the money is still coming in. The six-game tournament was won for a second year by Taunton St Andrews, winning a crucial decider against the home club. Money raise
BIDEFORD'S Bank Holiday Festival at Westward Ho! has raised around £1,200 for charity - and the money is still coming in.
The six-game tournament was won for a second year by Taunton St Andrews, winning a crucial decider against the home club.
Money raised will be split between the Children's Hospice South West at Fremington and the club's pavilion repair fund. The festival was the third fund raiser put on by Bideford to help the children's hospice.
Ian Hayter, one of the organisers, said: "We had a similar festival last year and dedicated a game against Somerset two years ago. When all the money comes in, we hope there will be another sizeable cheque for the hospice."
One of the highlights of the festival was a whirlwind knock of 128 not out by Bideford's former overseas player Brad Rasool.
Aussie Rasool - who played for Bideford in 2005 - played for the Chairman's Select XI in the tourney.
Big-hitting Brad, who assisted Paignton in the Premier Division in the season just ended, stunned team-mates, opponents and spectators alike with an extraordinary performance against Victoria Park in one of the 12-overs-a-side games.
Rasool hit 128 not out off 48 balls with 108 runs coming in boundaries. He carted 12 sixes and nine fours in an exhibition of stroke play that left even the hapless Victoria Park bowlers open mouthed in admiration.
Rasool, who went from 50 to 100 in only 18 balls, now has claim to the quickest century scored on the ground measured against balls faced.
A modest Rasool said afterwards: "I rode my luck at times but as I've got some fond memories of and a lot of friends at this place it was great to come back here, play a little bit more freely without the pressure of league points and get a few.