Yesterday, Monday 8th September, the packed Honorarable Artillery Company grounds were host to a special charity cricket match in aid of The Sick Children’s Trust which raised a fantastic £64,500.
The event, sponsored by Amlin and Lebara saw a star-studded Sick Children’s Trust side with Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard, Alex Tudor, Min Patel, Stevie Johnson and Steve Marsh battle The Authors CC, captained by Charlie Campbell.
Batting first, The Sick Children's Trust team put in a storming performance with 265 for four, with Ramps hitting a century and retiring on 126, giving the charity side a strong lead.
A short break for afternoon tea followed and with the sun shining and the drinks flowing, guests couldn't believe they were in the centre of London on a Monday afternoon.
With last year's victory still on their minds, The Authors CC were next. Man of the Match Joe Craig was caught out by Tudor on 55, just as he was getting into his stride which put paid to their plans. Some storming balls from Hoggard tested the rest of the team, with The Authors finishing up on 192 all out.
Sick Children's Trust President Michael Crawford, CBE, presented the awards before ushering the evening guests into The HAC for the gala dinner.
A sumptuous three courses followed with fine wines before an auction hosted by Lord Jeffrey Archer and cricket Q&A with Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Hoggard. Vice President Alice Beer ensured everything went perfectly and gave a moving introduction to our charity film.
The £64,500 raised will go towards helping The Sick Children's Trust provide free 'Home from Home' accommodation for families with seriously ill children in hospital. The charity provides emotional and practical support, making sure families can stay right by their child's side.
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