Rain stopped play but good causes still win after charity cricket match in Moulton

The John Hayes X1 charity cricket team, including MPs Karl McCartney, Clive Betts, Peter Bone and Chris Heaton-Harris, with umpire Alan Porter and Ossie Osborn.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
The John Hayes X1 charity cricket team, including MPs Karl McCartney, Clive Betts, Peter Bone and Chris Heaton-Harris, with umpire Alan Porter and Ossie Osborn. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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The weather had the final say at Moulton Harrox Cricket Club where an annual charity match took place between the league side and a team led by John Hayes MP.

Captain Roger Grant saw his Moulton Harrox Irregulars side score 147 in their innings before the rain came as the two sides were taking lunch.

John Hayes watches as Roger Grant makes the toss before the charity cricket match.  Photo by Tom Wilson.

John Hayes watches as Roger Grant makes the toss before the charity cricket match. Photo by Tom Wilson.

Mr Hayes’ side, a Lords and Commons XI featuring fellow MPs Karl McCartney (Lincoln), Tom Pursglove (Corby), Peter Bone (Wellingborough) and Mark Spencer (Sherwood, Nottinghamshire), were unable to take to the crease but still ended up retaining the John Hayes Moulton Harrox Trophy.

But of far greater importance was the £1,000 raised for charities and good causes as at least 100 people, including South Holland District Council leader and new peer Lord Porter, council chairman Francis Biggadike and Lincolnshire County Council chairman Coun William Webb enjoyed one innings of cricket.

Mr Hayes said: “The match had to be abandoned because of the rain, but we carried on with a hog roast and raffle which we think raised about £1,000.

“We will meet with the Moulton Harrox Irregulars to decide how we are going to divide up the money.

Over the years, we have supported all kinds of local groups such as Moulton Mill and South Holland LIVES First Responders

John Hayes MP

“Over the years, we have supported all kinds of local groups such as Moulton Mill and South Holland LIVES First Responders, as well as national charities like Headway which I have been backing for about 20 years.

“Even though we had only half of a cricket game, it was a really lovely afternoon and an enjoyable occasion.”

Alex Baker bowls to one of the Moulton Harrox openers as umpire Alan Porter watches.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Alex Baker bowls to one of the Moulton Harrox openers as umpire Alan Porter watches. Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Moulton Harrox XI for the John Hayes charity cricket match with umpire Alan Porter (left) and scorer Ossie Osborn (right).  Photo by Tim Wilson.

The Moulton Harrox XI for the John Hayes charity cricket match with umpire Alan Porter (left) and scorer Ossie Osborn (right). Photo by Tim Wilson.