Exmouth cricket event to help charities

PUBLISHED: 16:46 12 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:46 12 April 2016

Paul Baker is organising a fund raising Exmouth T20 tournament at Exmouth Cricket Club in August in aid of the Brain Tumor charity and the Cots for Tots Appeal. Paul is pictured (left) with club chairman Ashton Collinge on Saturday. Ref exe 15-16SH 9769. Picture: Simon Horn

Paul Baker is organising a fund raising Exmouth T20 tournament at Exmouth Cricket Club in August in aid of the Brain Tumor charity and the Cots for Tots Appeal. Paul is pictured (left) with club chairman Ashton Collinge on Saturday. Ref exe 15-16SH 9769. Picture: Simon Horn

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Members of the public will be given the chance to play with top cricket stars at an upcoming charity event.

The Exmouth T20 will be coming to the town this summer, to raise money for The Cots for Tots Appeal and The Brain Tumour Charity.

It is being organised by Brixington man Paul Baker, and his friend Judd Doughty, from Worcester.

The event will feature a four-team cricket tournament, played under Twenty20 rules, and will be attended by former England international Phillip DeFreitas and at least two other ex-internationals, playing with county and club cricketers, celebrities, and members of the public, who can book a place on a team.

Paul and Judd decided to hold the event, after previous individual fundraising for their chosen charities.

Paul supports the Cots for Tots Appeal because, when his daughter Daisy was born almost 10 weeks premature with a cyst on her lung needing surgery, the family weas able to stay at the charity’s house at St Michaels Hospital in Bristol while she received specialist treatment.

Judd supports The Brain Tumour Charity, following the death of his father from a brain tumour in 2014.

Discussing the cricket event, Paul, 34, of Oxford Close, said: “It came from our mutual love of cricket. Judd plays himself. I’m long-retired. It’s just an idea to try something different that could help us raise a good deal of money.”

To help with the event, the organisers are looking for local businesses to provide sponsorship.

Paul said: “The more sponsors we can get, the more professionals we can get, and the more we can boost the crowds on the day.”

The event will be at Exmouth Cricket Club on August 28. To find out more about sponsorship or taking part, call Paul on 07971 078664.

Paul and Judd are also organising an online game for the charities, coinciding with the upcoming T20 Blast county cricket tournament, which will be available at www.playcricketwith.me.

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