Cromer cricket match paints the pitch blue for Big C

Charity cricket match to raise money for the Big C in Cromer. Picture: Jamie Cater

Charity cricket match to raise money for the Big C in Cromer. Picture: Jamie Cater - Credit: Archant

The cricket whites were mixed with a sea of blue at Cromer Cricket Club where a charity match raised money for a local cancer charity.

It was the annual President's Day match on Sunday and the players from across the county were invited to play against Cromer's team.

And this year spectators were challenged to wear blue in support of the Big C, while raising money for the cause.

Club chairman Kent Laws said: 'We've taken inspiration from The McGrath Foundation, set up by former Australian fast bowler Glen McGrath and his wife Jane in 2002 following her diagnosis of breast cancer, where, at selected test matches spectators are asked to create a sea of pink on Jane McGrath Day.'

And for veteran cricket player Mr Laws, 44, who has been playing the sport from the age of nine, the cancer charity was a cause close to his heart, he said: 'I lost both my parents to cancer and also my sister-in-law so anything we can do to help is important.'

The day saw Cromer take on an invited president's team made up of some of the best cricketers in Norfolk.

And club president Phil Mindham hosted an exhibition of decades of Cromer cricket memorabilia dating back to 1845 as well as mementoes from his own cricketing career. He is a former captain of the club and has won the Carter Cup.

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A hog roast and cricket tea kept players and spectators fed while music from Jack Daniel kept the festivities going after the match.

On hand to offer advice was Jamie Cooper, head of marketing for the Big C, who said attending was more than about raising money. He said: 'It is about having a local presence in the community.

'Also we can be on hand if people want to ask questions.'

The day was the launch of the club's week of festivities, with cricket played most days.

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