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Chard cricket festival raises £1,000
3:10pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
THE annual Dallas Bishop Memorial Cricket Festival at Chard Cricket Club raised over £1,000 for charity.
The event was run by Chard CC player Emlyn Kuhn in memory of his sister, Dallas Bishop.
Dallas, who was 31, died a few years ago from a heart condition after a short and unexpected illness in her native Zimbabwe.
The festival saw three teams compete – Chard, Nomads and Old Shamwarians from Zimbabwe – and it was fitting that Emlyn’s team of Old Shamwarians triumphed, beating Nomads in the final.
Emlyn smashed a magnificent 132 not out in just 15 overs earlier in the day in his side’s game against Chard.
Chard CC spokesman Andrew Clancy said: “While the day focuses on cricket the event aims to raise money for CRY – Cardiac Arrest in the Young – and we’re delighted that it raised over £1,000.”
A charity auction saw generous donations from professional sportsmen, and international cricketers Luke Wright, Murray Goodwin and Sean Irvine donated signed match shirts.
Former Chard Town goalkeeper Ben Hamer, now with Charlton Athletic, donated a shirt.
Andrew said: “We’d like to thank Bulldog Cricket, Yeovil Town FC and Windwhistle Golf Club for their continued support.
“Chard CC would like to thank Emlyn, his fiance, Jo, mother, Mandy, and stepfather, KJ, for their continued efforts at holding such a worthy event at our club. “ The event will take place again next year and all are welcome.