WOMENS: Ashes heroes to play Charity Match at Arundel Castle09-Sep-2013
England Women’s Ashes-heroes will play together for the first time since their triumph over Australia at a special charity match at Arundel Castle this Friday 13th September.
Stars including captain Charlotte Edwards, and Sussex players Sarah Taylor and Holly Colvin (pictured) are reuniting to raise money for HIV/AIDS awareness and cricket development charity Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB).
Just a fortnight after securing the Ashes in front of a packed-crowd at the Emirates Durham ICG, England will take the field as against a CWB XI that includes ex-county cricket Darren Bicknell and Tim Rice Oxley from chart-topping rock band Keane.
The girls have given up their time at the request of Colvin, 24, who became a CWB ambassador after going on trips with the charity to Kenya and Uganda where she coached schoolchildren, trained coached and used cricket to raise HIV/AIDS awareness.
Holly said: “I had such an incredible experience in Kenya and Uganda and I wanted to do something to help raise the charity’s profile and get their message out there. I thought a game featuring some of my England team mates would be a great way to do that – especially after the summer we have had. The girls have donated kit in the past and to give up their time for a cause that is so close to my heart is an amazing gesture from them.”
And with the players riding high after winning the first multi-format Ashes by an emphatic margin of 12 points to four, Holly says cricket fans will be in for a treat on Friday.
She said: “I think for people that haven’t seen us they will be in for a surprise. We don’t have the power of the men but our skill levels are something to behold. I think our fielding in particular has made people sit-up and take notice. We all have strong throwing arms, dive and slide around and Sarah Taylor’s diving, one-handed catch in the third ODI at Hove was ridiculous – the best catch I have ever seen.”
And Holly says she hopes that the team’s success and the increased attention they have received this summer will encourage people to come along and watch the game on Friday.
She said: “For the first time we had a pretty-much full ground for every day of the Test match and the crowds at the other games were really good. With our matches being on Sky and another being streamed live on the ECB website it feels as though the profile of women’s cricket has been raised this summer and more people are taking an interest than ever before. We hope this will continue and people will come along on Friday.”
The England team – which includes former Ashes winners Beth Morgan and Claire Taylor - will also be running coaching sessions for schoolchildren prior to the game to try and inspire the next generation of players. Supporters can buy the tickets from www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com/tickets. Entry and light refreshment is £10 while lunch and afternoon tea is £50 per person or £500 for a table. The day will run from 12pm - 5.30pm with play getting underway at 2pm.
Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a UK cricket development and AIDS awareness charity run almost entirely by volunteers.
The charity was founded in 2005 by trustees Andy Hobbs, Chris Kangis and Ed Williams. Their first project was a seventh month trip coaching cricket from Cairo to Cape Town.
Since its formation the charity has delivered more than 40 projects in nine African countries, coaching more than 60,000 children and training over 2,500 coaches.
Working in partnership with the National Cricket Associations in each country, the relevant British High Commissions and the ICC, the charity’s two main goals are to spread cricket and to increase HIV/AIDS awareness by incorporating the key messages into every day coaching sessions.
The charity is committed to delivering projects in at least five African countries on a twice yearly basis. In 2013 they will be returning to Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana and Cameroon.
For more information, including how to volunteer visit www.cricketwithoutboundaries.com