Inspired by those intrepid cricketers who founded Wrexham AFC all those years ago, members of Buckley Reds and Mold Reds held a fundraising 20/20 cricket match at Buckley Cricket Club on Sunday afternoon. With Flintshire bragging rights on the line, the crowd were treated to an entertaining display (not always intentionally) by both teams who contained players of varying “abilities” from good club cricketers to those who didn’t know their silly mid-off from their elbow. Undeterred by the frequent heavy downpours (is cricket supposed to be played in this weather?) Buckley won the toss and decided to bat first for no good reason other than their skipper was already padded up. Despite the efforts of the Mold bowlers and some enthusiastic fielding, Buckley piled on the runs and ended their 20 overs on 164 for 7.
It was then Mold’s turn to wield the willow and by now the heavens had truly opened which didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm but it was noted that the WST Secretary sneaked off the pitch with a mystery injury to avoid the deluge. Try as they might (assisted by some record breaking wides by the Buckley bowlers) the Mold men were always behind the eight ball (one of the shorter overs bowled) and ended up on 105 for 7 which left Buckley the victors. The match was played in great spirit and the real winner was the Build the Budget fund as with sponsorship, match fees, raffles and a mini race night, it looks like over £1200 was raised for the Club. Huge thanks are due to the organisers (especially Andy and Dave Kelsall) at both supporters’ groups, the players, race sponsors, prize givers and everyone associated with this very enjoyable event.