The Tom Maynard Trust do some excellent work supporting young cricketers who are benefitting from the monies raised. Having been involved with them in the past where a raucous night in Newport hosted our Pushing the Boundaries show, their tireless work continues. This weekend numerous cricket clubs are flying out to La Manga in Spain, where they will have a fantastic time and raise a few quid for a wonderful charity, helping cricketers. If you want to support it, the link is at the bottom and even a couple of quid will help...
Penydarren Country XI Cricket Club, Merthyr Tydfil’s oldest cricket club, are celebrating their 45th anniversary by once again flying south from Wales to La Manga for 5 days in early October to compete in the prestigious Tom Maynard Trust T20 Tournament held at the ECB approved England Ashes training camp in southern Spain. After making lots of friends at last year’s successful tournament, Penydarren Country XI’s International Tour Manager, Tim Phillips, didn’t take long to accept this year’s invitation from La Manga CC.
Following the draw made in Hondon de los Frailes, Alicante on 19th September, The Country XI have been paired against Stansted CC, Phoenix CC and Spanish Barbarians CC, with Menai Bridge CC, Old Tenisonians, Ramsbottom CC and La Manga CC making up the other group.
The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death. Its initial objectives were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game. This has now been expanded to Grants, Education & Awareness and also the Tom Maynard Academy at Desert Springs, where up to a dozen emerging county cricket professionals benefit each February from specialist technical and conditioning work, overseen by Tom’s father Matthew, and supported by high profile names in the world of cricket, including Ian Harvey, Paul Nixon and Jamie Dalrymple.
Penydarren Country XI will be joined on the trip by former Glamorgan & England legend & current Somerset Coach, Matt Maynard, Kent & England legend, Derek ‘Deadly’ Underwood, Merthyr’s own Falklands Veteran, Simon Weston, former Australia player and current Gloucestershire Assistant Coach, Ian Harvey, along with current Somerset & dual international all rounder, South Africa & Netherlands star, Roelof Van der Merwe. “It will be an honour to play and be watched from the boundary by such cricketing heroes” commented International Tour Captain Patsy Moulder.
The sun cream, sunhats, euro’s and kit are packed as the Countrymen extend their season in Spain, hoping to return victoriously with the Tom Maynard Trust T20 Trophy on board their flight back to Cardiff. There will be regular updates on the Country XI’s progress via Twitter on @CountryEleven and @TomMaynardTrust’
Last year’s tournament raised over £2500 for the Tom Maynard Trust. Donations to the Trust can be made at www.justgiving.com/tommaynardtrust