Northants Cricket is delighted to announce that £2,858 was raised for the Help for Heroes charity after an entertaining t20 match between Northants Disability Cricket and a Help for Heroes XI was played here at the County Ground on Friday.
The historic match for disability cricket in Northamptonshire was an entertaining affair and a large crowd watched Northants Disability come away with a 54-run win.
The Help for Heroes XI won the toss and chose to field, which looked like a great decision when they got two early wickets, the first coming in the opening over as John Allwood clean bowled opener Brendan Gilbert and England Disability player Tom Savage for ducks. But a 40 run partnership between young opener Ollie Newton and captain Ollie Barton settled Northants down. When Newton was dismissed by Highton for 11, Tom Law came to the crease and truly lit up the game as he scored a brilliant 56, smashing the bowlers all over the ground, which led Northants to 163 all out.
The Help for Heroes XI’s innings could not have had a worse start, as opening bowler Ollie Newton ripped through the top of the order with four wickets in the opening over. Things went from bad to worse for the Help for Heroes XI as they lost two further wickets in the second over as they fell to 11 for 6 looking like they were about to be blown away. However a 59 run partnership between Antony Power and captain Alan McClelland helped add some respectability to the score line, before McClelland fell for 34 of the bowling of Jonathan Lemon. Despite a brave fight from the Help for Heroes XI tail end, they fell short of the Northants total as they were bowled out for 109 losing by 54 runs.
The evening was a massive success for a great cause and was enjoyed by all. This has led to plans already being made to turn this into an annual event.
Northants Cricket Chief Executive David Smith said, “We are delighted that this match managed to raise that amount of money for such a worthwhile cause, and it was great to see a good game of cricket on what was a truly enjoyable evening for all involved.”
“This was a flagship event for the club’s community aims and hopefully will go a long way to making the County Ground the ‘Midlands’ centre of Disability Cricket’ – We will certainly look to host further disability matches here in the future.”
Northants Cricket would like to thank everyone who came and helped raise money for Help for Heroes and to the club’s gate staff who donated their match wages to Help for Heroes.