Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST) will be celebrating 12 years of fundraising for the development of cricket facilities at Garon Park, Southend in mid-June during a Festival of International cricket at the ground.
The National squads of the Netherlands and Denmark will be visiting Southend to play an Essex 2nd XI in 50 over competition in preparation for the forthcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) tournament.
The Festival starts with Essex hosting the Netherlands on Wednesday 14 June. The two European visitors will then face each other on Thursday 15 June before Essex conclude the Festival by playing Denmark on Friday 16 June. All games will start at 11am and admission to each of the matches is free.
“Garon Park now has one of, if not, the best cricket square in Essex” said EASST Chairman Peter Butler.
“Having good facilities is critical to keeping the children of South East Essex interested in the game of cricket.
“We are delighted that the quality of our facilities continues to attract international teams and is testament to the hard work that has been done to improve the ground.”
EASST’s public appeal for funds has resulted in over £450,000 of investment in Garon Park since 2005. EASST will continue this appeal by hosting a lunch between innings on Wednesday 14 June and will be followed by the unveiling of a commemorative board by Southend Mayor Cllr Fay Evans. The board will display the names of the 40 Garon Park Patrons who have made the most significant contributions to the appeal. Essex County Cricket Club CEO Derek Bowden and Phillip Tolhurst, trustee of Norman Garon Trust, the grounds owners, will also be at the lunch. Places are still available.
For further information or enquiries about the Festival, please contact EASST trustee, Joe Sims on 01245 227636 or email [email protected]
A full list of Essex County Cricket Board fixtures can be found by visiting www.essexcricket.org.uk/garonpark