Downham Town put on a Twenty20 show in the name of a late club legend
Twenty20 action takes centre stage in Downham from tonight in memory of club legend Kevin Winters.
Town – whose first team play in the Norfolk Alliance Premier Division – will host an exciting week of limited-over cricket at their Memorial Ground home in Downham Market.
It is the first staging of the event, following a successful game in Winters' memory last year, and club officials are hoping it will be another great celebration of the popular figure's life.
Ashleigh Corbett, Town's social co-ordinator, said: 'Last year we lost someone very close to the heart of Dowham Town Cricket Club. Kevin Winters was what can only be described as a legend.
'He was an ex-player, ex-scorer, ex-director of cricket and number one supporter who never lost his love for the club throughout his illness. Last year we put together a memorial game for him. This was a British Sugar XI, where Kevin worked all his life, versus a Downham Town XI – made up of players from the past and present who all knew Kevin well.
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'Despite the weather conditions being awful we still managed to put on the game, which was enjoyed by everyone. The winning team was the British Sugar XI, so Town are out for revenge this year.'
Winters died of cancer in April 2012 aged just 54. People travelled from as far afield as Nottingham to play in last year's match – where a memorial bench was unveiled in his honour.
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This evening, Downham welcome a Wisbech Town XI in the first of four home T20 matches. Town's under-17s take on West Norfolk tomorrow, a senior side entertain West Norfolk on Thursday and on Friday a British Sugar outfit take to the pitch for the big re-match and finale.
To add some excitement to proceedings flood lights were hoping to be installed while a pink ball, black sight screens, super scoring zones, music and commentary are set to feature during the week.
Programmes will be sold at a cost of £1, as well as collections being taken during matches, to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Research. The event is free to attend all week and the bar and a BBQ will be running too.