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Wanstead help Windies legend Walsh

PUBLISHED: 17:45 03 March 2016

Wanstead Cricket Club donated 10 full bags of kit to the Courtney Walsh Foundation in Jamaica

Wanstead Cricket Club donated 10 full bags of kit to the Courtney Walsh Foundation in Jamaica

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Cricket club donate kit and money to foundation

Wanstead players celebrate a wicket against the Courtney Walsh Foundation XIWanstead players celebrate a wicket against the Courtney Walsh Foundation XI

Legendary West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh gave thanks to Wanstead Cricket Club for the generous donations made on their tour of Jamaica.

The touring party spent 10 days on the Caribbean island, playing five matches and also helping to provide training sessions for members of the Courtney Walsh Foundation.

And Walsh, who took 519 wickets in a glittering Test career, said: “We are hugely grateful for Wanstead CC members that travelled to Jamaica to support my Foundation.

“The group are great ambassadors and the work they undertook is life changing, not just for Wanstead members, but also those less fortunate Jamaicans that they have been coaching.

Wanstead in action against Metcalfe Prison Remand Centre (pic courtesy of Metcalfe Prison Remand Centre)Wanstead in action against Metcalfe Prison Remand Centre (pic courtesy of Metcalfe Prison Remand Centre)

“The Foundation is very grateful for the generous donation of 10 cricket bags full of cricket equipment and £4,000. This will go a long way in ensuring the work we deliver is sustainable for the foreseeable future.

“Finally I would personally like to thank Wanstead Cricket Club members for all the hard work in putting the trip together, especially Arfan Akram and Martin Pluck.”

Wanstead, who had also toured Jamaica in 2013, arrived in Kingston on February 12 and had a day trip to Ocho Rios before playing a pair of 20-over matches against the British High Commission and a Courtney Walsh Foundation XI at Melbourne CC.

They visited the Bob Marley Museum, before playing against inmates at Tower Street Prison and then faced Melbourne CC, before a match against Lucas CC at the Nelson Oval.

Action from Wanstead's clash with Treasure Beach Pirates, where Arfan Akram hit an unbeaten 83Action from Wanstead's clash with Treasure Beach Pirates, where Arfan Akram hit an unbeaten 83

After a coaching session with Foundation youngsters at the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre, the Wanstead party got the chance to enjoy tourist attractions such as Treasure Beach, the Appleton Estate rum tour, YS Falls and Black River Safari, before playing their final 20-over match against Treasure Beach CC.

And after arriving back in the UK on February 23, club chairman Martin Pluck said: “What an fantastic tour. The welcome we received from all the islanders we met was amazing.

“The experience of playing in a Jamaican prison and coaching in a juvenile remand centre will be something our players and coaches will never forget.

“As a club we are delighted that we were able support the extraordinary work being by done by the Courtney Walsh and Breds Foundations.”

Wanstead players and officials received an escort from guards at the Tower Street Prison (pic courtesy of Tower Street Prison)Wanstead players and officials received an escort from guards at the Tower Street Prison (pic courtesy of Tower Street Prison)

n Wanstead CC was sad to hear of the passing of Eva Joslin, widow of loyal member Vic.

An active member of the local community and St Gabriel’s Church, she reached the grand age of 102 and her funeral will take place on Friday, March 11 at 11.45am at St Gabriel’s Aldersbrook, followed by a cremation at the City of London Cemetery.

Donations to Save the Children.

n Wanstead are celebrating their 150th anniversary in 2016 and hold their AGM at Overton Drive tomorrow (Friday, 8pm).

The club are set to host several events through the summer, including schools and junior kwik cricket festivals in July and a prestigious fixture against the MCC on August 3.


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