Charity cricket day all for Dan

Daniel Mothersdale - Bawtry cricketer
Daniel Mothersdale - Bawtry cricketer

A CRICKET club will stage a charity event in memory of one of its most promising talents.

Daniel Mothersdale, 21, died after he was found hanging from a tree in Menagerie Wood, Bawtry.

The trainee quantity surveyor with building firm Frank Haslam Milan was a promising player for Bawtry Cricket Club. He had just enjoyed his best ever season scoring more than 700 runs and topping the club’s batting average.

Daniel, who lived with his mum Sue in South Parade, Bawtry, died last September. He had been an all-rounder with the club from the age of 13.

Members have already held an inter-club memorial match in his honour which it is hoped will become an annual event.

Now plans are in place to hold a charity day which will involve as many players at the club as possible right from the under nines to the senior section.

They will be taking part in cricket matches, a ‘sloggers challenge’ where participants will have to knock the ball the furthest from a bowling machine, as well as an under 30s versus over 30s twenty20 game.

Throughout the day a charity auction and a barbecue will also be on offer.

Proceeds from the event will go to the UK’s young suicide prevention charity Papyrus.

Paul Warren, club treasurer and a former team-mate of Daniel’s, said: “This day will give the opportunity for all of the club to socialise, be a part of an enjoyable event, get together and do something in Dan’s memory.

“It’s all for him and for the charity. Anything we raise will be great even if its a couple of hundred pounds, it all counts.

“We just want everybody to mark a special occasion for a player we all really miss.

“We’ve got a bench with his name on it at the clubhouse which will be on display and we’re hoping his mum can come along to the event too.”

Everyone is invited to the charity cricket day will be held on July 10, from 1pm, at the club’s Memorial Sports Ground in Great North Road, Bawtry.