2018 was a tough competition, but although the English took an early lead and claimed the Man-of-the-Match, the Marmal-Ashes trophy was once again seized by the Australians…
The 2018 Marmal-Ashes took place in the public rooms at Dalemain, in front of a marmalade-mad audience. The competition was judged by four marmalade experts, who all judged each pot against a marmalade of similar category and content. After the first four wickets, England was up four to one and so the barmy army were rather exuberantly noisy. Then there was a change of fortune and a thrilling comeback from the Australians meant that the final result was that Australia won by one wicket. The winning team were displayed in all of their glory in the centre of Dalemain’s marmalade rooms and the trophy, safely stored in Buninyong’s court house, is returned to the ownership of the Australians for another year.
The English can take some small comfort in having won Man of the March for a marmalade entered by Rosario Taleghani, which was so good that it gave Pam ‘the jam’ Corbin goosebumps! Sadly however, the home team have yet again been ‘pipped’ to the post, as the Australians prove that they certainly know their oranges.
Better luck next year! We will be looking for expert English marmalade makers to help us field our best team yet, beat the Australians and win “Marmalashes” glory!
ABOUT THE MARMALASHES
The Ashes is a fiercely fought cricket contest between England and Australia. The “Marmalashes” is as fiercely fought but is more orange on spoon than bat on ball! For the past six years an Australian eleven has been sent across the globe to take on an English eleven and the contest takes place on the tasting table as opposed to a cricket pitch.
2011 saw the first innings of the ‘Marmalashes’, a closely fought marmalade contest held between Great Britain and Australia. Even with the helpful judging from our local MP, Rory Stewart, Australia won. Again, in 2012, Australia won in spite of being captained by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and again in 2013. It was only finally in 2014 that GB triumphed and took home the famous trophy after the devastating “whitewash” Cook’s men suffered. And again in 2015 GB won the MarmalAshes.
The Aussies were on the war path and rallied marmlade from all over Australia to try and re-capture their prize in 2016, resulting in a draw. 2017 was a hard fought battle, with two rounds being clean bowled, with no victors in either side, and two rounds drawn. However, of the remaining seven rounds, the Australians out-batted the English 4 to 3, claiming their 4th Marmalashes victory.
Martin Grant – MD Mackays, Pam Corbin – River Cottage, Vivien Lloyd –Preserves Specialist, Dan Lepard – Food writer for the Guardian & Judge on the Great Australian Bake Off, Professor John Price – Head of The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers, Tim Came –MD Thursday Cottage.
The winner of the 2018 Commonwealth category in the World Original Marmalade Awards is India, with an Orange & Ginger Marmalade made by Victoria Singh at Col. Sudhir Farm, Kota, Rajasthan, using organic oranges picked [...]