Hauliers C M Downton are once again going into bat for disability cricket in Gloucestershire.
The EV Cargo company, who are long-term supporters of cricket in the county, have agreed to renew their sponsorship of Gloucester County Cricket Board’s two disability teams for the forthcoming season.
The deal will ensure all matchday and training expenses are covered, including equipment and training aids, ground hire, travel to away matches, and the appointment of qualified umpires.
Gloucester CCB currently fields two disability teams at county level, and Downton have sponsored both since 2015.
Carole Polley, team manager for the 30-strong Javelin and Meteors squads, says: “We are thrilled that Downton have decided to continue their sponsorship. It makes such a huge difference and means that these young players have the opportunity to play the game they love.”
The new season is due to commence in early May, and will see the Javelins and Meteors travelling as far afield as Wales, Dorset and Somerset to play.
The undoubted highlight of the season, however, is the annual September fundraising fixture against a Downton XI, held on the village green at Frampton. Currently the disabled cricketers lead the series 4-0, having won last year’s match by 38 runs.
Downton’s managing director Zac Brown says: “The GCCB’s disability programme is going from strength to strength and doing fantastic things for the disabled community in Gloucestershire. We are extremely proud to be a part of that, and we only hope that the forthcoming season is not disrupted too much by the current health situation.”