Saturday 29th July, day three of England v South Africa at the Kia Oval, was Cricket United Day, with three charities – the Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine, and the PCA Benevolent Fund – coming together to change lives through cricket.
England’s players marked Cricket United Day by wearing specially designed New Balance England Test shirts with the Cricket United logo on both collars to mark the occasion. Each player has signed the shirt they wore, and each is up for auction here.
Although rain curtailed play in Cricket United Day, England’s players had time to embark on, and complete many notable feats in their special shirts. They will be remembered particularly fondly by two debutants: It was in Cricket United shirts that Toby Roland-Jones completed a five-wicket haul on Test debut, and also that Tom Westley reached 28* at stumps, before going on to register a maiden Test half-century the next morning.
Keaton Jennings recorded his highest Test score of the summer in his shirt, Jimmy Anderson took his 480th wicket, in his 125th Test match in his, and Alastair Cook took a good catch in the slips before being bowled by a Morne Morkel beauty.
It was an historic day, and also an historic Test, the 100th staged at the Kia Oval, and Jimmy Anderson’s 125th, and a signed shirt would make the perfect keepsake.
All proceeds raised through the auction for the match worn Cricket United shirts will help the Lord’s Taverners give disabled and disadvantaged young people a sporting chance, the PCA Benevolent Fund help current and former cricketers and their loved ones in times of hardship and upheaval and Chance to Shine give an amazing introduction to cricket to those who might otherwise not try the sport.