Cardiff and Dorking Cricket Club’s will welcome local cricketing heroes to their ground’s having been selected as the winners of this year’s Blue Bails Day prize draw.
All clubs that registered for Blue Bails Day 2016, which will take place on Saturday 13th August to coincide with Cricket United Day at the Kia Oval, were entered into the prize draw – just one of several incentives for clubs to sign up for the fundraising initiative.
Designed as a way to boost Cricket United and the recreational game at the same time, clubs provide a minimum donation of £100 to Cricket United. In return, the club receives a set of blue bails courtesy of Gray-Nicolls and a supply of drinks to help them stage a fundraising event at their club, the proceeds of which are allocated at the club’s discretion.
England and Surrey legend Alec Stewart commented: “Blue Bails Day is a fantastic way for members of cricket clubs to show their support and raise money, both for the charities and also for their own clubs. I’d urge as many clubs as possible to back Blue Bails Day and help change lives through cricket!”
Blue Bails Day is an extension of Cricket United Day, where spectators at the Oval Test match are encouraged to wear blue clothing – including official Cricket United merchandise – and raise money for Cricket United’s three charities: Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund.
Having been piloted in 2015 in Surrey, Blue Bails Day has become a national initiative in 2016, with teams for Kent, Leicestershire, Glamorgan, Northamptonshire and Somerset also involved.