On Friday 29th June St Fagans Cricket Club was the setting for the sixth Tom Maynard Day as Matt Maynard brought a star-studded team to play the local side, all profits on the day going to the Tom Maynard Trust.
Under cloudless skies around 300 guests first enjoyed a marquee lunch, with entertainment from Roger De Courcey and Nookie Bear, before spilling out to watch the 15-over contest. Richard Madley, the IPL auctioneer and a regular on the BBC’s Bargain Hunt, ran the auction, which included items donated by Trust Patrons Michael Vaughan and Jason Gillespie. With sponsorship, auction, raffle and other fundraising, a total in excess of £20,000 is anticipated for the first time.
A number of former Glamorgan cricketers were in attendance at various stages, including Will Bragg, Dean Cosker, Andrew Davies, Hugh Morris, Michael Powell, Gareth Rees, Darren Thomas, Ian Thomas and Mark Wallace, who MCd the lunch.
One of the club’s overseas players, Shaun Marsh, fresh from a successful individual one-day series for Australia against England, was present and turned out for Matt’s team along with Powell, and Darren Thomas. Former England and Australia quick bowlers Gladstone Small and Jeff Thomson, and Wales and British Lions rugby legend Jamie Roberts were also guests.
Matt’s team also included Aneurin Donald, Lukas Carey, Roelof Van Der Merwe, Mark Cosgrove, Ceri Sweeney, Kieron Bull, Jamie Ringer, Tom Cullen and Prem Sisodiya. Legendary South African fast bowler Allan Donald would also have been a part of the day but he had to withdraw when Kent, where he is coaching, qualified for the Royal London 50-Over Final, which took place at Lord’s the following day.
The invitation XI was sponsored by Abbey Glass, with its Managing Director Richard Green again turning out for the side – and taking another wicket!
Matthew Maynard said:
“It was another tremendous occasion, probably the most successful one we’ve had to date, and I hope that everyone who came along enjoyed it. 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, Dave Harris, Tim and Val – 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 the players, along with Rick Madley, Wally and Roger De Courcey.
Not only will the money raised be put to really good use to help young men and women with their sporting dreams but it means such a lot to us as a family. It’s wonderful to see the day now established as an annual event at St Fagans.”
Information on the 2019 Tom Maynard Day will follow at the end of the year.