Fields in Trust’s cricket team with former footballers England and Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux, former Scotland and Chelsea footballer Pat Nevin and former Welsh rugby, judo, weightlifting and wrestling competitor Non Evans won through at the charity’s 90th anniversary cricket match on 17 June.
Featuring Pat Nevin’s very first outing in cricket whites, Fields in Trust faced a stiff line up from the Lords Taverners who fielded Australian under 19 cricket Captain Jake Doran, Berkshire cricket captain Bjorn Mordt, former Essex County cricketer Paul Pritchard, former Northants CC Nigel Felton and Casualty actor Charlie Dale. The event was umpired ably by Chariots of Fire and Game of Thrones actor Struan Rodger and former England cricketer John Price.
Fields in Trust chased down 224 all out set by the Lords Taverners, inspired by the support of their President HRH The Duke of Cambridge who said:
"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."
Held at a Fields in Trust protected site, where Sonning Cricket Club has its home, the game celebrated 90 years of outdoor spaces being protected forever as well as the long-standing relationship between Fields in Trust and the Lords’ Taverners. The two charities were introduced by Lords Taverner’s 12th man and former Fields in Trust President HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Helen Griffiths, Fields in Trust Chief Executive added,
“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.”
“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 protected the site of Sonning Cricket Club the King George V Field, which the club shares with other sporting activities, with Fields in Trust many years ago and as the match this week shows, it is still a thriving and much-loved site”, comments Sonning Parish Council.
Fields in Trust protects outdoor recreational spaces including sports grounds, for future generations to enjoy. They currently protect 2,500 parks, playing fields and playgrounds across the UK. HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG KT, took over from HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as President of Fields in Trust in 2013. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is also Patron of the Lord’s Taverners.
Man of the Match was Ali Cheyne, playing for Fields in Trust who scored a century, claimed a wicket and caught three Lords Taverners players out. Jake Doran regularly thumped for the boundary, notching up 89 runs before finally being caught out.
Notes to editors
• On Wednesday 17 June Fields in Trust co-hosted a star-studded cricket match to celebrate their 90th anniversary.
• 2015 marks 90 years of Fields in Trust protecting outdoor spaces across the UK, including Sonning Cricket Club in Berkshire, the cricket match venue.
• For the match Fields in Trust have partnered up with the Lord’s Taverners, a charity they’ve enjoyed a long relationship with since being introduced by the Lord’s Taverners Patron and then Fields in Trust President The Duke of Edinburgh.
• The event was sponsored by Campey Turf Care.
Lord's Taverners Team
1. Charlie Dale - Casualty actor Struan Rodger (actor Chariots of Fire) - Umpire
2. Gus Mackay - ex Zimbabwe player John Price (England & Middlesex) Umpire
3. Paul Pritchard - former Essex CCC
4. Lloyd Scott - extreme marathon fundraiser
5. Peter Sandys-Clarke - stage actor, Foyle's War, Torchwood
6. Paul Young
7. Bjorn Mordt - Berkshire CCC captain
8. Jake Doran - Australia under 19 captain
9. Nigel Felton - ex Northants CCC
10. Jonny Muir - actor
11. Michael Cockerell - BBC political commentator
Fields in Trust team
1. Graeme le Saux - ex Chelsea and England footballer
2. Pat Nevin - ex Chelsea and Scotland footballer
3. Non Evans - represented Wales at four sports (not including cricket!)
4. Ali Cheyne
5. Rhodri Edwards
6. Simon Wakeling - Old Albanians CC
7. Victor Stairmand - Old Albanians CC
8. Fin Matheson - Old Albanians CC
9. Simon Bates - Old Albanians CC
10. Luke Taylor - plays for Wargrave CC
11. Ali Driver - former Chairman of Sonning CC