Monday, 27 September 2021

Cricketers have a ball and make tons

A BALL raised about £5,000 for Henley Cricket Club.

A BALL raised about £5,000 for Henley Cricket Club.

A total of 180 players, officials and their family and friends attended the black tie event, which was held in one of the Henley Royal Regatta marquees on the towpath, on Saturday.

Guests were treated to a Champagne reception, a three-course meal and live music by Toby Cruse?s Manhattan Jazz band.

Fund-raising and sponsorship chairman David Winter said: ?The weather couldn?t have been better for us and it went really well. We get the same band every year because they are brilliant and the stage and dance floor were full from the first note.?

Money raised from the annual ball, as well as a golf day and sportsman?s dinner, will help to pay off a loan by Henley Town Council that helped the club buy the Brakspear Ground in 2005.

Mr Winter said: ?The event does a number of things. The principal reason is to help us raise money to pay the town council?s loan so it can loan money to someone else. It gives us an opportunity to get together socially and see people we don?t see every week.

?There is a tremendous mix of people, from 18-year-old cricketers wearing their tuxedos for the first time to older people aged up to 75 who come along.

?It?s great and everyone had a great time. We like to think it?s the Henley social event of the year, although the regatta and Henley Festival probably disagree.?

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