Howzat! Ely City stars take on Wilburton in special charity cricket match

The two Little Miracles T20 charity cricket match teams.

The two Little Miracles T20 charity cricket match teams. - Credit: Archant

Stars from Ely City Football Club ditched their boots and instead reached for their bats for a special charity cricket match.

Robins players and members of the club’s management went head-to-head with Wilburton Cricket Club players in a T20 match on Wednesday June 8 to raise money for local charity Little Miracles, which provides support to families affected by autism, additional needs or life-limiting conditions in Ely, Cambridge and Newmarket.

Over 75 spectators headed down to a sun-soaked The Piece in the village and enjoyed beer, a barbeque and music as Brady Stone and co. donned their whites on the pitch and raised over £500.

Individual overs were sponsored, and Tommy Williams struck a half-century as Ely came out on top after notching 186-4, beating Wilburton’s 138-4.

Ely boss Brady Stone was delighted to see the match, which was only organised a week before, turn out to be such a success.

“It was a really good evening,” he said. “There was a great turn out, the raffle was a success and all the beer went!

“We said we should have an end-of-the-season cricket match about a week before, and [Ely City captain] James Seymour and [assistant manager] Martin Grey said we should do it for charity, so for it to do so well in such a short space of time is brilliant.

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“The weather was fantastic, although it was a bit of a nightmare for our boys who were fielding because the sun was in their eyes so there were a few dropped catches!

“Wilburton did really well in helping a little match turn into a big success. Thank you to everyone at Wilburton and Ely City.”

The Ely boss also said that a rematch could be on the cards, but in a different format.

“I don’t see why we won’t do something again,” Stone said. “We’ll probably invite them down for a football match next year.”