The summer sun shone throughout the afternoon on the Saracens vs Bunbury annual cricket match, which took place in Totteridge last Sunday, in aid of the Saracens Sport Foundation and the Bunbury Charity.
A well fed and watered audience of well over two hundred saw the Bunbury International Charity Cricket team lay down a commanding total of 241 runs for 5 wickets off 50 overs.
The mixed team of professional cricketers and celebrities included Jon Batty, ex Surrey cricket captain, who retired only, last year from Gloucestershire and who put in a sterling performance. James and Oliver Phelps (The Weasley Twins in the Harry Potter films) Rupert Young (Sir Leon in ‘Merlin’) Joe Kinnear, (Newcastle United’s Director of Football) and Rudolph Walker from Eastenders, also padded up in support the team, captained by well-known Founder of the Charity, Dr David English, CBE.
Undaunted, Saracens, led by Chairman Nigel Wray supported by Mark McCall, Paul Gustard, several Saracens players and staff, including Alistair Hargreaves, Neil de Kock and Ben Ransom almost snatched victory in the final few overs.
The heroes of the Saracens eleven were Ben Ransom and Neil de Kock who notched up a 50 partnership between them. Neil was dismissed after a respectable innings which included two enormous Sixes. Ben impressed the watching professionals and the audience, going on to hit 11 Sixes in his long innings and was still at the wicket at the end of the fifty overs. At the close, Saracens needed 18 runs from the last over, then a six off the last ball to win, and were just three runs short of victory!
During a buffet lunch, Nigel Wray spoke of the vital work of the Saracens Sport Foundation in North London and Hertfordshire. He explained “Allianz Park represents a wonderful opportunity to do far more in our community. It is already being used every single day. There are now sixteen young people working full time for the Saracens Sport Foundation, running a variety of innovative projects to include people of all ages and give them real opportunity and a sense of self-worth.”
A raffle and a Silent Auction of celebrity memorabilia and experiences was held at the event to raise much needed funds for both worthwhile charities.