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.
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.
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.
“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.”