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The Crawley Carnival of Cricket

On Sunday 16th August, Sussex Cricket in the Community supported a ‘Cricket Carnival’ at Crawley Eagles Cricket Club. 

With over 200 people in attendance, the Carnival was a great success which celebrated cricket with the local community of Crawley.

The carnival included a 6 a side tournament, which 12 teams participated in. This was then followed by the opening of a brand new community three bay net facility in which Sussex players Ajmal Shahzad and Ashar Zaidi led a fast spin bowling coaching session. 

Along with Sussex stars Shahzad and Zaidi the attendees at the event included Professor Lord Patel (ECB board of directors), Mark Ramprakash (ex - England captain), Matthew Dwyer (the ECB director of participation), and Chris Whitaker               (the ECB facilities manager).  

Professor Lord Patel who is on the management board at the ECB, has been tasked with promoting cricket with the British - Asian communities across the UK. Whilst at the Crawley Carnival of Cricket, Lord Patel spoke about the importance of cricket on the Asian community. 

Along with Lord Patel, the ex England cricket captain Mark Ramprakash officially opened the brand new nets facility at the Crawley Carnival. 

The Sussex Cricket in the Community coaches along with the inflatable roadshow were in attendance at the event. Many young people and adults enjoyed the use of the inflatables throughout the day.

Tim Shutt, Head of Sussex Cricket in the Community said: “The Crawley Carnival of Cricket was a wonderful event showcasing the passion for cricket in Crawley, in particular within the Asian Community. It also shows the how the strong relationship between Crawley Eagles CC and Sussex Cricket has helped recruit new players and deliver new facilities.”

A big thanks to all who attended, we hope the brand new net facility provides cricket to the local community for years to come!