There was fun on and off the pitch at Carillion’s family cricket day on Sunday.
The charity match and family fun day at Acklam Park Rugby and Cricket Club raised more than £2,280 for the Trinity Holistic Centre.
Children and adults took on the challenge of the space hopper obstacle course as well as enjoying dragon dancing, birds of prey, face painting, kids quick cricket, a barbecue and a bouncy castle.
Families cheered on the Trinity and Carillion teams as they went head to head in their charity match with Carillion finishing with 110-3 and winning by seven wickets. The Trinity team included a number of players from Railway Pensions Management and Tata Consultancy Services in Darlington.
The Trinity Holistic Centre provides support to patients and their families affected by cancer and other long term conditions at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It also provides wellbeing services to staff, visitors and members of the public.
Heather McLean, the centre’s business manager said: “We are absolutely delighted! We can provide almost all of our clinics within the centre for a week with this funding, supporting up to 150 people.
“We had a lot of support on the day and generous donations including Quartz electricals, Reintec equipment hire, Slater refrigeration, Wynyard Concierge services, Pinnacle (Paul Young Developments), Tees Valley Falconry Club, local musician Zoe West, Robert Moore butchers, TATA consultancy services and RPMI along with our fantastic volunteers, event sponsors Carillion and Acklam Park Rugby and Cricket Club.”
If anyone would like to be involved with this event next year whether with catering , sponsorship opportunities, fun activities or a cricket team please contact the centre on 01642 854839.
After surviving early morning showers the game went ahead on time. The Holistic Centre team batted first and after a positive start, Steve Lowe took the first wicket for Carillion. Runs were hard to come by for a while and despite a couple of dropped chances by wicketkeeper Shaun Hudson, Carillion were still restricting the scoring.
Raghunath Br scored an impressive unbeaten 25 for the holistic team to increase the scoring, and the innings finished with the score on 109. Mark Stracey impressed bowling taking two wickets, and wicketkeeper Hudson taking a spectacular catch to make amends for earlier chances.
In reply the first ball of the Carillion innings was dispatched for six by James Hudson, falling just short of the bouncy castle! He went to make an impressive quick fire 25, before retiring. Number three batsmen Shaun also made 25, having a little bit of fortunate early in his innings. Amar Hussain and Danny Rutherford saw Carillion pass the victory target with two overs left, the “novice” batting line up exceeding all expectations in the chase to victory. The Holistic Centre bowler had little luck as airborne shots frequently found the gaps.
Carillion finished with 110-3 and won by seven wickets.