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Fields in Trust win the day against The Lord's Taverners in charity cricket match
To celebrate our 90th anniversary Fields in Trust played cricket against our very good friends The Lord’s Taverners on the 17th of June. The match featured former internationals and county players as well as a range of sporting and entertainment celebrities including Graeme Le Saux, Pat Nevin and Non Evans MBE.
We played at Sonning Cricket Club, located in the picturesque village of Sonning on Thames, just to the east of Reading, in Berkshire. This playing field is protected by Fields in Trust and was the ideal venue for a celebration of 90 years of safeguarding parks and playing fields.
The Lord’s Taverners set a target of 225 with Australian U19 Captain, Jake Doran, scoring a magnificent 89 runs. Fields in Trust successfully chased this target finishing with a six with two overs to spare.
Ali Cheyne, from Masuri, was awarded the Man of the Match award by Ian Pogson from our sponsors Campey Turf Care Systems. Ali Cheyne, playing for Fields in Trust, took two wickets, three catches and retired on 105.
Coverage of the match proved popular, reaching over 1.5 million accounts on Twitter.
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"Campey Turf Care Systems was delighted to sponsor the Fields in Trust versus The Lord’s Taverners cricket match. The company is one of the industries strongest advocates for natural turf playing surfaces and devotes its energy, expertise and product lines to producing and maintaining the best natural turf surfaces possible. Through education Campeys explain the merits of natural turf at grass roots level for sports and play and works with Fields in Trust to actively promote its continuing use by local authorities and councils."
Ian Pogson, Campey Turf Care Systems
"Fields in Trust is a charity close to my family’s heart. Their work, to protect our parks, playgrounds and playing fields for everyone to enjoy is crucial to the health and wellbeing of communities across the country. I am delighted that Fields in Trust is celebrating its 90th anniversary – and in such a fitting style - and I wish them many more years of success in safeguarding our green spaces for the future."
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, President, Fields in Trust
"The very first donation Lord’s Taverners made in the 1950’s was to the National Playing Fields Association which is now of course Fields in Trust so we have a long and proud history with them including the link with our Patron & Twelfth Man The Duke of Edinburgh. Without the work of Fields in Trust we wouldn’t be able to support the projects that we run so there is great synergy between the two charities and there is no better way than celebrating by playing a celebrity cricket match."
Paul Robin, Chief Executive, Lords Taverners
"We are proud to be celebrating our 90th anniversary this year and what better way than by bringing people together to enjoy one of the sites we protect? Fields in Trust is all about ensuring future generations will always have somewhere to play and enjoy themselves in the fresh air."
Helen Griffiths, Chief Executive, Fields in Trust