England’s Barmy Army were blown away by the reception they received when visiting Uppingham Town Cricket Club for a day of fundraising.
Uppingham invited the Barmy Army and The Lord’s Taverners to their Castle Hill Ground for its fundraising family fun day and organisers were delighted to find the sun shining on one of the biggest days in the club’s history.
Activities on the day, which took place on Wednesday last week, included games for children and trade stands.
There was also an under 9 inter club six-a-side cricket tournament, involving Luffenham, Oakham and two Uppingham sides. Oakham Town U9 were the eventual winners and all the players received certificates from GB middle distance runner Marilyn Okoro.
The main event though was a T20 match between The Lord’s Taverners and the Rutland XI, which featured players from Uppingham, Oakham, Ketton, Barrowden and Market Overton clubs.
The Taverners team featured sporting stars including captain Paul Nixon (England and Leicestershire CCC), Dean Headley (England, Middlesex, Kent and Surrey CCC), George Chuter (Tigers RFC) and Louis Deacon (Tigers RFC).
The toss was won by The Taverners but the game ended in a tie with the sides level on 140.
At the end of the game, High Sheriff of Rutland Andrew Brown presented Man of the Match awards to Paul Nixon and Richard Martin, before there was a question and answer session with Taverners’ players covering the recent Ashes win and the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
Barmy Army MD and founder member Paul Burnham said: “I can hardly believe what Uppingham has done; it is amazing the amount of work and the lengths that the club have gone to for us.
“There has been some real vision and enthusiasm and Uppingham Town have really bought into the spirit of what this tour is all about. We are sure that this will be our number one day in the entire tour programme.”
The day raised £5,000, which will be handed over to England’s Barmy Army to forward on to The Lord’s Taverners at the end of their UK #BAT2015 tour.
Uppingham Town Cricket Club would like to thank umpires John Hurst and Bill Whittaker and scorer Malcolm Rawlings, sponsors and everybody present on the day for their help in making the event such a success.