Rain stops play – but charity cricket match still raises £1,150 for St Teresa's Hospice
By Stuart Laundy - Senior Reporter
THERE wasn’t a ball bowled – thanks to the great British summer weather – but a charity cricket match has raised more than £1,150 for St Teresa’s Hospice, in Darlington.
Players came from far and wide to take part in the game, which had been organised by Cliffe CC’s Richard Mallender to celebrate his 50th birthday.
However, a constant downpour which didn’t relent until later on Sunday afternoon, meant no play was possible.
Mr Mallender thanked everyone for coming along and said the support the event had received had been magnificent.
It was a disappointing day all round for the area’s village cricketers.
The Darlington and District Cricket League’s club knockout cup final for the Cec Leece Trophy was also due to the played on Sunday afternoon.
Unfortunately, conditions at Rockliffe Park, Hurworth, were no better than at Piercebridge and the game was postponed.
The final, between Haughton and West Park RA, will now be played – weather permitting – on Monday, August 19, with a start time of 5.45pm.
It was be a 20-overs-a-side contest rather than the originally planned 30 and the venue will be Rockliffe Park CC.