St Fagans Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Cardiff, was the setting for a special celebration cricket match on Friday 13th September as Matthew Maynard brought a star-studded team to play the local side, with the profits going to the Tom Maynard Trust.
The weather did its best to dampen spirits, but despite there being no cricket possible, over £10,000 was raised for the Trust. Some big name cricketers were in attendance, with internationals Andy Caddick, Paul Nixon, Phillip DeFreitas, Ian Harvey and Neil Fairbrother all due to turn out for Matthew’s XI, along with Glamorgan stars Jim Allenby and Simon Jones, former Glamorgan skipper Jamie Dalrymple, and former Glamorgan and Kent batsman Mike Powell. Welsh rugby legend Rhys Williams was also down to play a part.
A number of other Glamorgan players, past and present, were in attendance, including Ben Wright, Will Owen, Will Bragg, Alun Evans, Darren Thomas, Dean Cosker, David Harrison and Gareth Rees. Glamorgan legend Robert Croft was MC for the day, with former Lancashire, Durham and England batsman Graeme Fowler the principal speaker. The event closed with a Question and Answer session with Jim Allenby, Ian Harvey and special guest, former West Indies fast bowling legend and now Sky commentator, Michael Holding.
The invitation XI was being sponsored by Abbey Glass and CPS, with kit provided courtesy of MKK Sports and Cardiff Embroidery.
Matthew Maynard said:
“It was a tremendous occasion, one which I hope everyone enjoyed. The atmosphere was great and certainly Sue, Ceri, Pat and the family had a really good time. We’re so grateful to everyone at St Fagans – especially Jane and Rob John and Dave Harris – for working so hard on behalf of the Trust. We also appreciate the support of everyone who came along, all those who bid for auction items, and particularly the sponsors, Abbey Glass and CPS, and the players, along with Crofty and Foxy Fowler, who gave their own time for nothing. It means a lot. Hopefully we can do it again next summer and maybe even manage to get a game of cricket in this time!”