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What goes around comes around… Hartley fowler wombledon rounders tournament

Last Friday 12th June saw the great and good of Wimbledon’s business community get together once again to battle it out on the Rounders field. Now in its 42nd Year, Wombledon Rounders is a hugely popular evening, sponsored and hosted by Hartley Fowler, with 12 teams battling it out for the coveted trophy, followed by a BBQ and disco.

This year we decamped to a fantastic new venue at Old Rutlishians Cricket & Rugby Club in Merton Park but it was business as usual otherwise, with the event being oversubscribed within days of being announced.

Teams are made up of children and adults and very much a family affair which saw mother and son competing against each other and someone’s grandfather stepping up to the plate as well.

After the initial rounds in which the run rate slowed as the drinks flowed, the semi-finals saw the competition hot up. A sudden downpour dampened the pitch but not our spirits and the break in play meant the last two remaining teams were ready and eager for a fiercely fought final.

Protocol Education had dominated the competition scoring over 400 runs in the initial rounds, but newcomers to Wimbledon and the tournament, Venture Marketing Group, were determined to make a lasting first impression.

In the end it was Venture Marketing Group who took the trophy playing a closely scored and evenly matched game. Congratulations and we expect to see you back to defend your title.

The winning team: Venture Marketing Group

Celebrations and commiserations ensued with everyone enjoying the excellent BBQ food and drinks and finally getting down to some serious partying, not least the school boys showing the oldies how it was done on the dance-floor!

Photos from the event are available to view here

Hartley Fowler would like to say well done to all of the teams and their supporters for taking part, to Old Rutlishians for use of their grounds and clubhouse, to Merton Chamber for their support and particularly to Wendy and Sara of G&T Business for making it all possible.

We hope to see you all again and more next year!