The Cheshire Cricket Trust and Children with Cancer UK presented cricket equipment provided by Spyder Bats of Tunstall to U16 Cheshire Player, Ben Slater, at Kidsgrove CC, in recognition of his Fund Raising achievement as part of the sponsored YoYo Test held during the Cheshire Cricket Board's Winter Coaching Programme.

Over 200 children took part in the sponsored event which raised over £10,000 shared between the two Charities.
Ben was one of 10 boys and girls who raised over £100 each.

Ben and all the children who raised funds for the two Charities were thanked by Cheshire Cricket Trust trustees Karl Bamford and David Sharp, & Julie, Arthur and Matthew Ashmore representing Children with Cancer UK.

A surprise guest at the presentation was Albie Morkel, South African Cricketer, currently playing for Derbyshire CCC.

Thank you to Kidsgrove CC for hosting the occasion, held prior to the Cheshire U16 Match v Staffordshire.


DETERMINED youngsters pushed through the pain barrier earlier this month (March 2013) to complete the gruelling "Yo Yo Test" in a bid to raise funds for two excellent causes.

Registered charities Children With Cancer and the Cheshire Cricket Trust are the joint beneficiaries of the now annual fundraiser, which this year included players from 19 Excellence and District Courses around the county.

Boys and Girls aged 11 to 18 took part in the progressive running test,which measures an athlete's aerobic capacity and endurance levels.

Twelve-year-old Bowdon wicketkeeper Archie Phillips proved the star of the show, achieving an incredible Level 19.7, a score that proved unrivalled across all age groups. Archie, who represented Cheshire Under 11s in 2012, epitomised the athleticism, courage and commitment showed by all the young cricketers who took part in what proved to be a hugely popular event.

Cheshire Cricket Board Performance Manager Gavin Colebourn was on hand at South Cheshire College to witness what he described as some "outstanding individual feats of physical prowess" among our most talent junior players.
Gavin said: "We ran the Yo Yo Test as a pilot in 2012 with the County U13 Boys team and it worked really well, with the added bonus of raising some funds for the Cheshire Cricket Trust.
"This year we decided to extend the test to all age groups across our elite coaching programme, and some of the results were fantastic.
He added: "We won't know how much has been raised until the conclusion of the course, and I would encourage all players to boast about their achievements to family and friends."

Registered with the Charities Commission in 2012, Cheshire Cricket Trust seeks to attract support to facilitate the playing and development of cricket for everyone in Cheshire on a recreational basis to improve their conditions of life.

Children with Cancer UK is the leading children's charity dedicated to the fight against all childhood cancers, and its workers have raised over £150 million since its inception in 1988.