Lancashire-based Bowland Gamebirds held their second annual rounders tournament on September 17th and welcomed a record 12 teams to battle it out on the pitch…all in the name of charity!
The fantastic Bowland Gamebirds set out to raise money for the Field Nurses, the North West Air Ambulance and to replace the village’s stolen defibrillator.
The grass had been cut by Mick Scott, the markings had been laid by Shaun Lloyd and the fencing put up by Simon Reynolds – they were ready to go! With every player donating £5 to play, supporters and picnics encouraged, and attendance of the famous crepe stall, whose profits went to the fund raising thanks to Colin Darlington, it was forced to be a great day!
Special thanks goes to Steve Neary, Geoff Curry, Alan Clements, Liz Moorhouse and Emily Brown for volunteering to umpire and score the fantastic day! The day only got more exciting with the ‘Master Batters’ vying against ‘Games Changers’ and ‘Brazilian Batters’ challenging ‘Only Here for the Beer’, in the semi-finals. They were both tough games. The final welcomed former champions ‘Brazilian Batters’ pitted against ‘Master Batters’. The former champions gave it their all, but as the ‘Master Batters’ included a large selection of the village’s young cricketers – the tournament now have new champions!
Representatives from the Field Nurses came along and offered blood pressure readings to all players. Never to miss an opportunity for light hearted competition, the Bowland Gamebirds awarded Gamebird Sam Trick with the Coolest Cucumber Award for having the healthiest blood pressure reading.
A big thank you goes out to all the players, supporters and families, with recognition to compere and DJ Ray Powell, acknowledgement to the Cricket Club for use of their grounds, Danny Wood for the loan of the parking field and the merry band of helpers in refreshments including Molly and Katie Dakin and Anissa Bell-Cross.
Last but by no means least, a heartfelt thanks goes to the Gamebirds for contributions, refreshments and their organisational skills on the day!
Donations can still be made in support of the event and contributions can be made by calling Helen Dakin on 01200 447096 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-The Power of Rounders!!