Someone somewhere returned Hannah Macleod's stolen medal. The Club Cricket Conference gladly joined the national media in helping to track down Hannah's stolen Olympic bronze medal, and within hours of posting an appeal on our website the medal was returned anonymously.
The medal was received by post at the England Hockey's Bisham Abbey headquarters and reunited with its delighted owner. We like to think it was the CCC that prodded the thief's conscience, but maybe not. Such a callous thief would not be a cricket-lover and therefore would be unlikely to have read our website...
Hannah's medal was stolen from a 'safe' place at a Mayfair nightclub in London where the Great Britain women's hockey team were socialising with other Olympians after attending a reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 24 October. Her handbag, blazer and medal were among several items stolen along with a bronze medal belonging to the rower Alex Partridge. These medals had the event engraved on the back but not the name of the recipient. Alex's medal was not recovered, so in due course it might be offered for sale on auction sites.
Hannah was "absolutely gutted" when she discovered the loss and so was extremely grateful for the media outcry that undoubtedly led to its return. There has always been a special link between club cricket and hockey, a game invented to enable outfields to be utilised during winter months before the advent of all-weather pitches.
Anyone with information on Alex Partridge's missing medal is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.