Lytham CC’s charity spectacular

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IT’S a big weekend at Lytham CC as the club bids to accumulate points in the league and cash in good causes.

Lytham aim to cement their position at the top of the ECB premier league at home to Leigh tomorrow, when Lancashire seamer Oliver Newby is again in the line-up, before staging their charity twenty20 tournament and family fun day on Sunday. This year’s charity partners are the Soldiers’ Charity and the RNLI.

The other teams in the triangular tournament are Blackpool CC and a side representing the 2nd Battalion of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, stationed at Weeton Barracks. The armed forces side face Lytham at 9.30am, then the losers meet Blackpool at 12.45pm. Blackpool then play the winners of the opening match at 4pm.

Other attractions include bouncy castles, children’s rides, face painters, barbecue, cheerleaders and the City of Preston Pipes & Drums Band.

Club chairman David Cartmell said: “After last year’s success, we are looking forward to welcoming players from Blackpool CC and the 2LANCS for an excellent day of cricket, fund-raising and excitement.

“We hope to raise as much money as possible for two charities very close to our hearts. Fielding a team from the 2LANCS, it was fitting that we should raise money for The Soldiers’ Charity, and because many of our club members are actively involved with the local RNLI, we decided to support an organisation that plays a vital role in our community.”

SUNDAY BEST (from left): Martin Jaggs, coxwain mechanic for the RNLI, Colour Sgt Steve Bowman of the 2LANCS, Lt Col Philip Aindow, regional director of fundraising North West for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and Dave Cartmell, Lytham CC chairman, look ahead to the big day