Cricket match is a big hit for Ark

An annual cricket match between two village pub teams was a closely-fought contest – and it produced a great result for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

Spectators turned out in force to support their sides as a team from The Plough Inn, in Little London, took on opponents from The Calleva Arms, in Silchester.

The cricket match is a popular event, and this year Ark – which is raising £5million towards a much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital – was the charity of choice to benefit from proceeds raised on the day.

It was a keenly-contested game on the Silchester Cricket Club pitch as the team from The Plough Inn managed to pass the 140-run target set by The Calleva Arms side with just three balls of their 20 overs to spare.

The generous support of the players and spectators, who all enjoyed a barbecue and bought plenty of raffle tickets, meant that a total of £1,651.24 was raised for Ark.

John Nichols, who was manager of this year’s winning side, said: “It was my turn to pick this year’s charity and I chose Ark as a member of my family had breast cancer a few years ago and was treated in the radiotherapy unit at Basingstoke hospital.

“I wanted this year’s game to support a charity that will help many people in the local community, and I am delighted that such a good sum has been raised for Ark.”

John added: “I am grateful to everyone who donated raffle prizes and supported the event, and I am particularly grateful to Peter Howells and his team from Silchester who were the driving forces behind organising the charity cricket match.”

The Gareth Donnelly Trophy – named in memory of the former Silchester Cricket Club wicket-keeper who was a regular in both pubs – was presented to the winning side and will now take pride of place in The Plough Inn for the next 12 months.

Merv Rees, Ark Cancer Centre Charity trustee, said: “Ark is grateful for this show of support from the two village pub cricket teams, and from everyone who came along to enjoy the afternoon and support the charity.

“Community backing like this is so important to Ark and the cancer treatment centre project, and it is very much appreciated.”

Picture caption:

Action from the annual charity cricket match between The Plough Inn and The Calleva Arms.

Photograph by Keith Trevorrow