Market Overton Cricket Club’s week of matches raises money for charity

A Rutland Plastics player hits the ball for a massive six during the match against The Black Bull, Market Overton
A Rutland Plastics player hits the ball for a massive six during the match against The Black Bull, Market Overton

BATS, balls and beer have been out in force to raise funds for good causes at Market Overton Cricket Club.

The club has held a week of matches and entertainment in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The event is held every year in the memory of former player George Bateman who died from a brain tumour four years ago.

The fun kicked off on Friday evening with a beer festival and live band.On Saturday, a team of players from Rutland Plastics won the club’s charity cricket tournament and on Sunday, the present team took on the club’s 1992 league winning side, of which George was a part of. The game was narrowly won by the present team.

Club player Mark Hudson, who played in Sunday’s match, said: “It’s been wonderfully supported and on behalf of the club I would like to thank everyone who has helped out. It’s been brilliant.”

The funds are set to be counted when the events conclude tomorrow evening. Mark hopes to have raised between £2,000 to £3,000 for the charities.