Annual Moulton cricket match
More than £1,100 was raised for local charities at a popular annual charity cricket match.
A Lords and Commons XI had to relinquish their grip on the John Hayes Moulton Harrox Trophy after losing a good-natured match against the Moulton Harrox Irregulars on Sunday.
The contest – and a hog roast – will support local causes, with the two teams to decide how to split the cash raised in the coming weeks.
South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes, who captained the parliamentary participants, said: “It’s always been played with a superb spirit – and over the years the players of both sides have got to know each other very well.
“There’s a good rapport between the sides which is always very nice and it’s a great community occasion.
“Local charities have had a real struggle during Covid as it’s been hard to raise funds so it’s going to be good to get that money out to them.”
Sir John won the toss and elected to bowl at Moulton Harrox Sports Field – but his side fell about 40 runs short in their run chase.
That meant the trophy was handed over to Irregulars captain Daniel Grant, son of club stalwart Roger.
The charity game is played with special rules – with every player having a chance to bat and bowl and five runs deducted for every wicket.
Lining up alongside Sir John were fellow MPs
Peter Bone (Wellingborough), Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry MP and transport minister), Tom Hunt (Ipswich), Tom Pursglove (Corby) and Karl McCartney (Lincoln) as well as Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones.
Sir John put in a defensive performance with the bat - but was more effective will ball in hand, taking 1-10 from three overs.
The event has been running for 22 years – although the match had to be postponed last year due to the pandemic – and has supported a host of causes including Headway, which helps people with brain injuries.