Mal De Mer Club Win Series Against Scilly

The series went right down to the wire with the Mal's claiming the overall result in Monday's cricket. Image courtesy of the Mel de Mer Club. 

The series went right down to the wire with the Mal's claiming the overall result in Monday's cricket. Image courtesy of the Mel de Mer Club. 

The Mal de Mer Club won the overall sports series 10 ½ to 9 ½ against the Isles of Scilly in a closely fought contest this year. 

This year was a was a very special year for the The Mal's as they marked 85 year's since their first trip over to the islands in 1932. 

It states in the the Mal's brochure for this year that their history goes all the way back to the early 1930s, where W.H. Goold (Uncle Jimmy) was working in Plymouth as a Branch Manager for an insurance company.

On one of his trips to Scilly he got into conversation with certain members of the island's sportsmen and the subject of sport on the islands was the topic of discussion.

Opportunities for playing competitive sport on Scilly was limited so Uncle Jimmy offered to bring over a team of sportsmen who would play the islanders at whatever game they chose.

With the exception of the year's during the war the Mal's have visited Scilly to take on local athletes every year and the event has born lifelong friendships and sense of camaraderie which makes it a truly unique and special event.

Will was kindly invited to the Mal's base camp and home for the week, Tregarthen's Hotel on St Mary's to speak to some of the members and to find out a bit more about the history of the tour, how they got on this year and to hear some of their incredible stories.

Thank you to the Mal de Mer Club for taking the time to speak to us, and for giving the islands some great competition this year. We're already looking forward to next year. You can listen to the full feature below.