On 22nd August Fernhurst cricket club took on The South Coast Lions in a charity match in aid of the MacMillan cancer charity. Fernhurst are a Sussex village side founded in 1889, The South Coast Lions an invitational side of former professional footballers, first class cricketers and other celebrities. On this occasion the Lions featured former footballers from Spurs, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton, plus top cricketers from New Zealand, Berkshire and Hampshire.
RBC Dexia had kindly sponsored both sides "pyjama kit" which was proudly worn by the players throughout the day. The match went ahead despite leaden skies and a constant drizzle, with a good crowd (considering the conditions) of over 200 sheltering under umbrellas.
The day was structured into two 20:20 games in order to encourage an exciting game, which certainly worked as several enormous 6s were hit. The damp conditions worked in Fernhurst's favour during the first match where the Lions' international fast bowler, Tipene Friday, was unable to bowl anywhere near his usual 85+ mph and the Fernhurst batsmen pushed the score along to win the first match. However, the professional sportsmen's competitiveness came out in the second match, which they won with plenty to spare.
On the pitch, then, the game was a draw, but off the pitch MacMillan were the winners as raffles and barbecues helped to raise well over £3,000 for a very worthy cause."
"Well done for the success of the 2010 event !"
Bob Wilson OBE, former Scotland International & TV Presenter
Life President of the Willow Foundation