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Pipes to the rescue

Pipes to the rescue in Hardy passport woe

Dan Hardy missed the Tolchards Devon League meeting with Plympton as he travelled to France to watch the Euros quarter-final between Iceland and France.

It’s thought Dan had targeted watching England at this stage, but rumour has it he’s a closet Iceland fan (there are other supermarket stores offering similar!).

Dan nearly did not make it as Conrad Sutcliffe reported in his regular column on the Devon Cricket website:

“Bradninch will be without early order batter Dan Hardy, who will be watching football in France instead.

Hardy bought a ticket for England’s anticipated quarter-final game against France, not expecting Iceland to spring a shock on Monday night.

It seems Hardy wasn’t quite as keen to go once England were knocked out as he left his passport at home and only realised when he reached the Euro Tunnel check-in at 2am on Friday morning.

“Dan rang me at two in morning saying he’s forgotten his passport and needs it up there by 2pm today. 

I had to break into his house, then persuade a random train manager to take his passport up to London with them.”

So, with Dan on Euro watch the Hardy cricketers in action as the Tolchards Devon League reached the halfway stage of the season are his father Pete and his Uncle Neil, both of whom are in the 2nd XI for the game against Exeter III.


Pete Hardy - Sunday XI vs Topsham St James - 15th May 2016
Pete Hardy – Sunday XI vs Topsham St James – 15th May 2016


Our pictures above are the central characters to this article; Top (Tim Piper batting), 2nd (Neil Hardy umpiring), 3rd Pete Hardy (batting) and 4th Dan Hardy with club president Roy Nott at the 2015 Bails Bash