That most traditional element of an English cricket match – the weather – intervened to spoil this year’s annual T20 fixture between Gloucester Disability and team Downton on May Bank Holiday Monday. This annual fixture at the home of Frocester Cricket Club started a few years ago as part of the company’s sponsorship of Gloucestershire County Cricket’s disability teams.
The day had started with great promise, with some very exciting practise in the nets by Downton’s scratch ‘first’ team assembled from across the country, including:
Andy Woodward – Dyson Warehouse Manager
Geoff Wright – Group Fleet Engineer
Jeremy Ward – Operations Team – Sapa Cheltenham
Steve Lynch – Gloucester Traffic Planning Team
Andy Heaven – Group Training Manager
Sam Jennings – Regional Manager
Scott Froggatt – Driving Team
Rob Stretton – Driving Team
Some willing sons and daughters
Sadly the rain started before the first ball proper could be bowled. This did not put a dampener on the festivities in the pavilion, where tea and drinks were taken and members of the Downton team won an embarrassing amount of raffle prizes.
Last year’s match, won by Gloucester Disability, was also spoiled by the rain. With no result this year it means team Downton will have to wait another 12 months before they have a chance to win the trophy back next May.
Kate Downton said: “We are really grateful to all the team members who gave up their day to travel to the ground and support this wonderful event. It’s a great shame that the game was spoiled by the rain yet again but hopefully we’ll get an exciting full day’s play next year.”
Downton is the sponsor of the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s disabled softball and hardball cricket teams. The softball team plays in the ECB Super 9’s and the hardball team plays in the ECB D40 league. The support provided by Downton goes towards the day to day match costs and the clothing for both teams.