Cricketers tour Test grounds on two wheels to fund pavilion

The cyclists with their support team, from left, Rachel Fry, Simon Larter, Dean Evans, Will Fry, Jon Tyrell, Jak Garner, Dean Cornish, John Burton and Shelley Burton
The cyclists with their support team, from left, Rachel Fry, Simon Larter, Dean Evans, Will Fry, Jon Tyrell, Jak Garner, Dean Cornish, John Burton and Shelley Burton
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Nine members of a cricket club put themselves pain bar over the bank holiday to raise money to replace their dilapidated pavilion.

The players from Uffington Cricket Club first team have undertaken the mammoth challenge of cycling between six iconic Test cricket match venues in five days, a distance of more than 550 miles.

The team, which set out on Thursday last week, arrived back to a crowd of more than 60 people at 3pm on Monday.

Team leader Will Fry said: “At the start of the challenge, I wasn’t sure we’d all make it back. Thankfully, everyone completed the ride and I’m proud of what everyone has achieved.

“We owe a lot to the help of the support team Shelley Burton and Rachel Fry, and also kit sponsors Precision Sports, Rutland Water Cycling and Ian Williams building contractors.”

On the Thursday, the team cycled from Uffington to Lords, and then to the Oval finishing at about 9.30pm after 15 hours in the saddle. Friday saw torrential rain, high winds, cold temperatures and three different punctures as the riders battled from Watford to Birmingham to visit Edgbaston.

On Saturday they travelled from Birmingham to Old Trafford, Manchester before heading out on a tough trip to Leeds, but the reward at the end was a visit to Headingley while the England v New Zealand Test match was in full flow.

The team were even invited into the Test Match Special commentary box for a brief interview with Jonathan Agnew and Michael Vaughan.

On the final day, the team powered the 90 miles home from Rotherham via Trent Bridge in Nottingham to a rousing reception in Uffington.

The team covered an average of 120 miles a day and have raised more than £3,000 so far, and would welcome any further donations to www.sponsor-uffington.co.uk.

All proceeds will go to the building of their new pavilion to replace the their crumbling facilities which have become a health and safety hazard, with rotten flooring, vegetation coming through the walls, and an unstable roof.

The club needs to raise £20,000 to build the new pavilion.