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Memorial cricket match at Skipton set to raise £7,000 for Airedale Hospital
10:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
Thirty-year-old Sam died from cancer last year and the match was organised by his former cricket mates Chris Foster and Kevin Owens. They played together at Ermysted’s Grammar School and at Skipton CC.
The match was played at Skipton’s ground and there were enough players to form three teams of eight, who competed in “pairs cricket”.
“The cricket was of a much higher quality than most expected, considering that the majority of the players hadn’t put willow to leather since they left school over 10 years ago,” said Chris.
“Lots of friendly banter was being thrown around, something Sam was a master at in his playing days. “ The winning runs were hit by Sam’s younger brother, Will, who was captain for the day.
While the cricket was played, those watching were fed and watered with a barbecue supported by Drake and Macefield and a bar, both of which helped to top up the coffers.
But the main fundraising activity was a silent auction, which had attracted donations from professional sports clubs, athletes and locals alike.
Auction lots included a cricket bat signed by the Ashes winning England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root, a photo montage of Shane Warne signed by the great bowler himself and signed shirts from Lancashire CCC, Everton Football Club and Bath Rugby Club.
The auction raised £3,500, bringing the total to £4,212.55. Much of this will be doubled via a matched giving scheme, so the final total heading to HODU is likely to surpass the £7,000 mark.