Legends of both the Derbyshire and international game – led by Glenn McGrath – entertained a healthy crowd at Queen’s Park this evening for the Chesterfield Turns Pink Charity Twenty20.
With Autoworld Suzuki kindly sponsoring the match - BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI versus Old Speckled Hen Cricket Derbyshire XI - players, supporters, sponsors and staff all donned pink themed clothing; to increase breast cancer awareness in young women, to support the UK Breast Cancer Care charity and to boost the McGrath Foundation’s excellent work in Australia.
A percentage of revenue from the event will also go to the Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation; a new charity established to deliver cricket based sport, education and health projects to benefit the people of Derbyshire.
In the cricket, the BuyMobiles.net McGrath Foundation XI scored 165 from their 20 overs.
Australia under 19 international Cameron Bancroft was their star performer scoring 61, although the biggest cheers were reserved for former Derbyshire favourite Chris Adams who notched 32.
Phil Jaques added 38 for McGrath’s men while Peter Burgoyne grabbed figures of 2 for 30 and the stalwart seam duo of Devon Malcolm and Kevin Dean also bowled impressively without reward.
The crowd were then treated to former favourites Stephen Stubbings (retired for 50 from 30 balls), Kim Barnett (30), and Adrian Rollins (32) rolling back the years as the home side finished 13 runs short of the required total.
Fittingly, the final word went to the man of the night, Glenn McGrath, who clean bowled Garry Park at the death.
McGrath said: “I’m a little bit sore. The right shoulder’s feeling it and I think I’ve tweaked a hip flexor but apart from that, it’s fine.”
“It was good fun to run around out there, a perfect day for it and I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen a few old mates and made a few new ones as well.
“It’s a beautiful little ground. The wicket could do with a little bit more pace in it but I think that might have been because I’m getting old and don’t have the speed I used to.
“The McGrath Foundation is something that’s close to my heart and to see so many people turn up to the ground is amazing.
“For all the players that gave their time, a huge thank-you from myself. For the umpires, the sponsors and all the people at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, who contacted the McGrath Foundation some time ago and suggested we had this day, it’s come here now and I’m very happy about that. It’s been a great day.”
Turning Chesterfield Pink at the Hill Dickinson Chesterfield Festival of Cricket was in association with: Chesterfield Borough Council, The McGrath Foundation, Autoworld Suzuki, BuyMobiles.net, Old Speckled Hen, Breast Cancer Care and the newly-launched Cricket Derbyshire Community Foundation.
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