Kwik Cricket Festival for Flood Victims and Let’s Make it Inter-National

They always say, “Think Global Act Local”, so, thanks to the quick feet of Farouk Hussein, Clitheroe CC is doing exactly that by holding a Kwik Cricket Festival on September 1st to raise funds for the victims of floods in Pakistan.

Reaching out to the 150 parents of 5 to 11 year old children who attend the regular Clitheroe Cobra  coaching nights, Farouk wrote, “You will have all witnessed the horrific devastation caused by the recent floods in Pakistan. People living in poverty have had their loved ones, their homes and livelihoods snatched cruelly from them. It is at times like this that we all begin to appreciate how fortunate we are and grateful for everything that we have.

“The DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) are doing a terrific job in getting aid to the needy but funds are limited and they need all the support they can get.

“I have arranged for a Kwik Cricket Festival to take place – similar to our own annual event to raise funds for the DEC. All funds raised through entry fees and on the night as a result of Raffles / Auctions / BBQ will go directly to the DEC and no monies will be for the benefit of the club.”

Third Man hopes that Clubs everywhere can hold similar events before the end of the season.  In fact, what is to stop cricket clubs world-wide following this lead.  Think Global: Act International.  What a good lesson for us all.

The Disaster Emergency Committee’s web page is here.  And the Facebook group for Cricket Action for Pakistan Flood Vicitims is here.   

Thinking of lessons:  On the more mundane level:  Notts Under 17s thrashed Lancs U17s in a semi-final of the National 2 Day Championship.  

Notts made 432 in 93 overs on Wednesday with two batsmen making centuries another 85 and a fourth who coming in at No.4 made 45, but looked the best of the lot.  On day two, yesterday, the Lancashire ‘lads’ could muster only 245.

But Third Man feels that Lancashire will have learnt more from the experience.  Their ‘dispatch’ of weaker sides from Durham, Derbyshire and Cheshire, and their harrowing of Yorkshire before the rains saved the Tykes, had taught them little, or more precisely had taught them the wrong lessons.

It is a very odd thing but defeat often makes you stronger when victory always makes you weaker.


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