St Fagans Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Cardiff, will again be the setting for a special celebration cricket match on Friday 27th June as Matthew Maynard brings another star-studded team to play the local side, with the profits going to the Tom Maynard Trust.
St Fagans was where Tom played most of his club cricket in Wales, following in the footsteps of his dad, who himself was also a St Fagans stalwart, and the match will have a special poignancy for the Maynard family because of their close connections with the club. As last year, Matthew’s XI is being sponsored by Abbey Glass and CPS.
The stand-out name in Matthew’s team is former Lancashire and England all-rounder, Andrew Flintoff, who is also one of the Tom Maynard Trust’s four Patrons. Confirmation of his appearance has already generated a lot of interest in the event. Also confirmed for Matthew’s team are former Australian all-rounder, Ian Harvey; undefeated boxing world champion, Joe Calzaghe; along with ex-Wales rugby international and Trust Patron, Rhys Williams; Sale and England outside half, Danny Cipriani; Glamorgan’s Twenty20 Captain, Jim Allenby; and, of course, Matthew himself. As Glamorgan are not in action that day, a number of current Glamorgan players will be in attendance throughout the afternoon.
Matthew Maynard said:
“I’m really looking forward to the day. I’m personally thrilled that Andrew Flintoff has agreed to take part. As one of our Patrons, he’s been a real rock for the Trust, involving himself in our activities right from the start, and it’ll be brilliant to see him at St Fagans. Last year’s cricket was rain affected but the whole day was still fantastic and there was a wonderful atmosphere around the club. Thanks to everyone who turned out we managed to raise a significant sum for the Trust. Hopefully this year the weather will be a bit kinder to us!”
The Twenty20 match starts in mid-afternoon after a special marquee lunch, with entertainment. The game is open to the general public, with admission £5 for adults and children admitted free of charge. There will be a barbeque in the late afternoon.
28th April 2014
In addition to the Big Bike Ride, which is a joint initiative between the Tom Maynard Trust and the Professional Cricketers’ Association taking place on 18th-22nd October, and for which further information can be found here, there are two other prominent events coming up in the next couple of months:
On 13th September, a special cricket match will take place in Cardiff between a Matthew Maynard Invitation XI and St Fagans Cricket Club, the local club at which both Matthew and Tom Maynard played the majority of their club cricket. More information can be found by clicking here.
At the end of September Adam Shantry, a former Glamorgan team mate of Tom’s when Matthew was coaching them, will be swimming the English Channel along with former Warwickshire seam bowler Tom Mees.
The first fundraising event for the Tom Maynard Trust was a bike ride from the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff to the Kia Oval in London last summer. The peloton arrived just before the Tom Maynard Memorial Match between Surrey and the Welsh Dragons which took place on Tuesday August 21st.
Sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, the peloton tackling the trek included Tom’s father Matthew, riders from both Surrey CCC and Glamorgan CCC, friends of the Maynard family – including former England all-rounder and Trust Patron, Andrew Flintoff – and representatives of the Professional Cricketers’ Association.
The Surrey riders included club Chairman Richard Thompson, who is also a trustee of the Trust, and the Chief Executive, Richard Gould. In all, the riders raised over £30,000 for the Trust.