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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Commemorative Cricket Match

On the 4th August 1914, members of the Wickford Cricket Club played what was unknown to them the last match they would ever play together. With war declared that evening, 10 of their players would sacrifice their lives between 1914-1918 on the battlefields of Europe.
The Basildon Borough Heritage Group organised a charity 20/20 cricket match between Wickford Cricket Club and a team of Basildon All Stars including Former Leader of Basildon Council – Tony Ball, Pole Vaulting Olympian Kevin Hughes and 2013 Junior International Sports Super Star Charlie Gerada to name but a few. 
The match took place on 4th August 2014 at 6pm at Wickford Cricket Club and aimed to raise funds to replace a commemorative plaque that was once located in the Cricket Club pavilion.
Former England selector Doug Insole was present to lend his support to the event.
Commenting on the cricket match, Project Manager Lisa Smith said: “100 years on it is vitally important that as a community we remember the sacrifice that men and women made during The Great War. The charity cricket match provides us with an opportunity to remember the bravery of the 1914 Wickford Cricket Club and we are delighted that so many local dignitaries have given up their time to commemorate this event”
The final score 199 Wickford Cricket Club, 101 Basildon All Stars.
Wickford Cricket Club Warming up
Basildon All Stars Warming up
Umpires -Graham Jellie – Ex Wanstead and Hutton Cricketer currently Sheppard and Neame umpire, also qualified cricket coach and Graham Smith – Local Cricketer and Sheppard and Neame Umpire
The Basildon All Stars - Tony Ball, Ken Porter, Kevin Blake, Kevin Hughes, Charlie Gerada, Alex Spooner, Chris Spooner, Rob Newson, Russell Dennis, Dean Smith, Trevor  Linahan and Steve Newman
John Potton -  Captain, Jack McCarthy, Liam Rouse, Greg Jerome, Lee Stace, Anthony McKenna, Sam Spooner, Ryan Carey, Jason Curnick, Josh Sloane and Dave Harrison
Doug Insole reads out the names of the fallen Wickford Cricket club team from 1914
And we are off!
Photographers at the ready
The Final score board
Doug Insole presented a commemorative medal to all the cricketers that took part, the umpires and the scorers
Twinning Chair person, Bob Sheridan presents Doug Insole with a commemorative medal as an appreciation for his support for The Great War Project.
The Basildon Borough Heritage Group recently received £50,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, Forget Never, Oublier Jamias, Vergessen Niemals, initiated by local MP Stephen Metcalfe and co-ordinated by The Basildon Borough Heritage Group in conjunction with Basildon Twinning. Linking with Basildon's Twin Towns, Meaux in France and Heiligenhaus in Germany, BBHG plans to deliver a series of commemorative projects discussing what life was like in the 3 towns between 1914 and 1918.
Through the planned events the BBHG aim to broaden people’s understanding of the war, to
commemorate and remember those that were caught up in it, to tell well known stories from fresh perspectives and to inspire and encourage learning in the years ahead.

If you would like to find out more information about our project please email Project Manager, Lisa Smith at :

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