After fundraising Marlborough club send gear to cricket playing refugees in Berlin

Written by Tony Millett on .

L to r: Uzi Qureshi, Ed Puddick, Andrew Studdert-Kennedy & Janneke Blokland (Photo: Hayley Lambert)L to r: Uzi Qureshi, Ed Puddick, Andrew Studdert-Kennedy & Janneke Blokland (Photo: Hayley Lambert)Last month Marlborough Cricket Club’s annual Mayor’s Match  - organised in partnership with Marlborough Town Council and St. Mary’s Church - raised £640 to buy cricket equipment for Afghan cricket enthusiasts settling in Berlin as refugees.

Now, thanks to Uzi Sports of Swindon, two kit bags bulging with everything needed to play a full game of cricket are ready to be sent to Germany.

Ed Puddick (who captained the Marlborough XI against the Mayor’s XI) with Andrew Studdert-Kennedy and Janneke Blokland (from the Marlborough Anglican Team) joined Uzi Qureshi (manager of UZI sports) to help pack the bags and check the equipment before it begins its 766-mile journey across Europe.

As well as sourcing the pads, gloves, helmets, stumps and balls, Uzi Sports donated some cricket bats to the collection. The Swindon sports shop also contributed the huge kit bags needed to carry all the kit.

The refugees will even be able to keep track of their score thanks to the scorebook and portable scoreboard included in the consignment.

Swindon-based haulage firm Young European have generously offered to transport the equipment from Wiltshire to its destination in Berlin - for free.

It will be with the refugees within the next two weeks so they can start winter practice in preparation for an enjoyable summer of cricket next year.
Marlborough CC have asked Marlborough.News to pass on their thanks to all the businesses, organisations and individuals that have made this project such a success.

Plans are already underway to make the Mayor’s Match even bigger and better in 2017.