The Renfrewshire cricketing community has come together to celebrate the lives of two former Ferguslie players and have made their way to incredible cash totals.
The Paisley club recently hosted their first Spirit of Cricket match at Meikleriggs, developed in memory of Con de Lange and Sandy Strang.
Both men have played for Ferguslie and Clydesdale over the years, so it couldn’t have been more fitting for teams made up of current and former players from both sides to take to the pitch to beat the trophy.
Created to raise vital funds for Marie Curie and the Brain Tumor Charity, and to commemorate their lives, the event has already raised over £ 3,000.
Tim Preston-Jones of Ferguslie Cricket Club was delighted with the day’s participation and insists the families of both players were very grateful for the support they received.
He told Express Sport: “The event was aimed at raising money for the Brain Tumor Foundation and Marie Curie charities more than cricket.
“It was amazing to see so many supporters at Meikleriggs for the day, including many from the Scottish cricket archives.
“A combination of raffles, donations and an auction had already raised over £ 3,100 that day, which will be divided between the two charities for which we and the families are eternally grateful.”
While the game went off in the best of spirits, the competitive nature of both teams could not help but manifest during the game.
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Clydesdale included current Scottish player Ritchie Berrington and former Scottish players Greg Williamson and Rene Keith, with current club president Colin Mitchell and WDCU league top scorer Mohammed Awais also in their talented roster.
Ferguslie included former X1 early players Richard Rutnagur, Ross Dougall, Jamey Carruthers and Preston-Jones.
The current Premier League top scorer Michael English and star players Riyaad Henry and Taimoor Ahmad, second and third of the WDCU’s top scorers respectively, have also lined up for the home side.
Ferguslie struck first and scored 205 for nine in their 35 overs, with England’s 50 retired and Haroon Tahir sacked 53. Preston-Jones knocked out 23 before retiring injured while Calum Dummond picked up three wickets.
Clydesdale chased the total well thanks mainly to an impressive 60 from Ritchie Berrington and a 51 from Zain Asraf. Jamey Carruthers bagged two wickets.
Preston-Jones added: “We were also honored to have international referees Alan Haggo and Alec Dowdalls to support the day and former Scotland striker David Love ‘on the book’.
“The event was made possible by a number of local businesses and individuals who generously supported the event with raffle and auction prizes.
“We would also like to thank Cricket Scotland, Paisley FM and the Paisley Daily Express for their coverage.
“The club would like to recognize the efforts of former player and current FCC Vice President Stuart ‘Chippy’ Black for his vision in creating the event and leading his organization.
“What was really special was when referee Alan Haggo told me ‘it was a really great day and I played absolutely in the spirit of cricket.’ That’s exactly what we were aiming for. .
The club plan to face a different opposition in the second edition of the event next year.
A second auction remains open on Ferguslie’s social media through Sunday (September 12), as do text numbers for donations.
Anyone who still wishes to donate to both associations can do so by sending an SMS to CONSANDY and entering the amount they wish to donate to 70085.