St Fagans Cricket Club was the setting for a special celebration cricket match on Friday 27th June as Matthew Maynard brought a star-studded team to play the local side, with the profits going to the Tom Maynard Trust.
Although the weather threatened to force a repeat of the wash-out experienced at the inaugural match in 2013, a full game ended up being possible, and over £15,000 was raised for the Trust. Some big names were in attendance, with Trust Patron and former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff providing the headline turn for the Maynard XI team. He was joined by the likes of undefeated world boxing champion Joe Calzaghe, former Wales rugby international Nicky Robinson, Glamorgan and England Ashes legend Simon Jones, Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace, former Essex captain Paul Prichard and former Surrey and England leg-spinner Ian Salisbury.
A number of other Glamorgan players, past and present, were in attendance, including Jim Allenby, Ben Wright, Will Owen, Will Bragg, Ruaidhri Smith, Darren Thomas, Dean Cosker, Gareth Rees, Chris Cooke, Andrew Davies, Jacques Rudolph, Mike O’Shea and Tom Lancefield. Glamorgan legend Robert Croft led a highly successful auction and the entertainment was provided by Rod Woodward.
The invitation XI was sponsored by Abbey Glass and CPS Labels, the Managing Director of the former Glass, Richard Green, managing to contribute an unbeaten 13 with the bat for the Maynard XI.
Matthew Maynard was also able to formally open the new St Fagans Cricket Club net area during the interval between innings, something the club has worked hard to raise a significant sum to construct.
Andrew Flintoff said:
“Joe Calzaghe was useless – his cricket was like my boxing, but he’s now 46 and 1 now because he got out! I managed to belt a few but I didn’t bowl because I had spent three hours in the car and I need more time to crank up the body these days. I played for England when Matt was assistant coach and that coincided with the best part of my career. He helped me during my career and I get on with him really well. I am a Patron of the Trust, and I take that really seriously. I enjoyed the day. It was fun, and all in a fantastic cause.”
Matthew Maynard said:
“It was another tremendous occasion, one which I hope everyone enjoyed. The atmosphere was wonderful and certainly Sue, Ceri 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, Rod and Richard Adler, who MC’d the whole event. It means a lot to us as a family and I hope everyone feels that it’s something we can now establish as an annual event at St Fagans.”