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Long Melford Cricket Club welcomes Help for Heroes team of former military personnel for charity match




Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Picture by Mark Westley. (9755297)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Picture by Mark Westley. (9755297)

For a club of military veterans, playing cricket has become an integral part of their recovery and, earlier this week, Long Melford Cricket Club was more than happy to host a charity match.

Two teams from the Help for Heroes Cricket Club were welcomed to Meeting Field on Bank Holiday Monday for a pair of reduced-overs matches in front of a large crowd of more than 200 people.

Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Ash Hickman HFH appeals Grant Hancock not out Picture by Mark Westley. (9755247)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Ash Hickman HFH appeals Grant Hancock not out Picture by Mark Westley. (9755247)

The first game – a 20-overs affair – saw Long Melford’s 1st team score 174-5, triumphing over Help for Heroes ‘A’, who made a valiant effort with 94-6.

The Help For Heroes Development Team then levelled the series in the second match, played in 15 overs, with a score of 72-7, narrowly defeating Long Melford’s 2nd team, which scored 70-7.

Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Matt Hoadley Capt LM, Jay Wade Chairman, Barrie Griffiths Team Manager HFH, Justin Lewis and Jason Zawiasa Capt HFH Picture by Mark Westley. (9755248)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Matt Hoadley Capt LM, Jay Wade Chairman, Barrie Griffiths Team Manager HFH, Justin Lewis and Jason Zawiasa Capt HFH Picture by Mark Westley. (9755248)

The event, which raised a total of £250 for the charity, was organised by Long Melford committee member Justin Lewis, following a suggestion from a friend who plays for Help for Heroes.

Mr Lewis told the Free Press that the main goal of the matches was was to provide a good social activity for the former Armed Forces personnel, many of whom are recovering from injuries or illnesses sustained during their active service.

Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Ash Hickman HFH bowler Picture by Mark Westley. (9755251)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Ash Hickman HFH bowler Picture by Mark Westley. (9755251)

“It’s a really important part of their life now,” he said. “They are very grateful to all clubs that want to play them, because it gives them a chance to really get involved in something.

“For a lot of these former service men and women, actually getting out into the world and doing a social activity is a tremendously important part of their rehabilitation.

“It was a tremendous event. The weather held off for us, and the day went off really beautifully.”

Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Captains Matt Hoadley and Jason Zawiasa. Picture by Mark Westley. (9755249)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Captains Matt Hoadley and Jason Zawiasa. Picture by Mark Westley. (9755249)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Kieran Pettitt LM Picture by Mark Westley. (9755253)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Kieran Pettitt LM Picture by Mark Westley. (9755253)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Help for Heros Volunteers fund raisers Andy Cross and Sue Morgan with Band of Brothers and Sisters regional co-ordinator for East(left) Picture by Mark Westley. (9755250)
Long Melford Cricket Club is hosting the Help for Heroes cricket teams, which are comprised of former military personnel, for two exhibition games, in order to raise money for the charity. Help for Heros Volunteers fund raisers Andy Cross and Sue Morgan with Band of Brothers and Sisters regional co-ordinator for East(left) Picture by Mark Westley. (9755250)


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