20th Jul, 2018

Generous donations from residents keep England star Luke at the crease

Ross Crawford 10th Jul, 2018

LOCAL cricketing hero Luke Sugg has received a boost in his efforts to represent England’s tour of India in October.

The partially sighted star, who has represented the England Visually Impaired Cricket Team 80 times and captained the squad at two World Cups, has received a cheque for £150 from The Redditch Association for the Blind.

It’s chairman Bill Payne said: “Equipment is expensive and The Redditch Association for the Blind have given him a cheque for £150.

“All monies given by the charity come from the generous donations of Redditch people whether outside supermarkets or through tins in local shops.

“Good luck Luke!”

Luke is the team’s highest ever wicket taker and run scorer and as well as putting himself in the frame for the tour of India is also hoping to take part in the Tri Series with Sri Lanka.

Luke’s other successes include captaining The Lord Taverner’s England v Australia series at T20 where they won three matches against the Aussies to bring the trophy home.

However funding is tight and with bats costing £350 each, the generous donations of Redditch residents are vital in keeping Luke padded up and representing his town and England on the field of cricket.

Luke received the cheque from The Redditch Association for the Blind accompanied by his partner Taylor at an Association meeting at Mettis Aerospace Social Club.

If you or someone you know is interested in Visually Impaired cricket you can e-mail disability@ecb.co.uk or visit www.bcew.co.uk. To stay up to date with the England Visually Impaired team visit www.ecb.co.uk.

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