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Essex County Cricket Club stars shine in Big Six tournament
7:00am Friday 9th August 2013 in Sport
ESSEX County Cricket Club’s stars hit their fans for six in a charity tournament.
On a sun-baked Sunday, Maldon Cricket Club’s Drapers Farm saw Essex stars Dave Masters, Graham Napier, Mark Pettini, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster and Reece Topley skipper six teams of local cricketers, playing in support of David Randall Foundation and the Dave Masters Benefit Fund, in the Big Six eight-a-side tournament.
Napier said: “It was a great day and I was really impressed by the youngsters who were in my team, they did themselves proud.”
The crowd were even treated to a surprise appearance by England’s Ravi Bopara who despite injury managed to get a quick game in before leaving to continue treatment.
The event raised over £7,000 on the day. Players and crowd enjoyed perfect conditions and the well-tuned pitch provided something for both batsmen and bowlers.
Shots flew and wickets fell all day while Essex cricket stars strolled the boundary and hospitality area tirelessly signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans.
Supporters grabbed the opportunity to talk cricket with the professionals, who were happy to share their inside knowledge of the first-class game with grassroots fans.
Meanwhile the auction and raffle raised over £2,500 by close of play from a staggering array of signed England bats and Essex and England shirts, many of them provided by England Captain, DRF Patron and ex-Maldon CC player Alastair Cook.
Cook who played with David at all ages for Essex and for Maldon, said in his foreword to Maldon CC’s handbook: “I will never be embarrassed to say that David was a better player than me.”
After the action-packed six-over group stages it was time for the seven-over final where Reece Topley’s Maldon CC-powered Yellow Submarines defeated Mark Pettini’s Green Machine by 20 runs.
After the traditional champagne shower for the winners, young local band Soul Collective took over, leading the crowd into the evening with a tight set of dance classics.
Dave Masters, David Randall Foundation and Maldon Cricket Club extend grateful thanks for an unforgettable day to the Essex players, the teams, to event sponsors H E Hill, Warsop Stebbing, Castle Marquees, Taylor Construction Plant and Spectrum Merchandising and to team sponsors The Cricket Paper, Atherton Bailey, Castle Marquees, Sandals, Barclays Bank and Curry Nights.
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