Wello takes the wicket: Saints and Wigan rugby aces team up for charity cricket (From St Helens Star)
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Wello takes the wicket: Saints and Wigan rugby aces team up for charity cricket
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in News
THEY are used to the bone-crunching collisions of tackling one another in rugby league’s most fierce derby.
But for one day only – ahead of the Super League play offs – several Saints and Wigan players will be lining up in the same colours... or make that whites...for a charity cricket match.
Past and present players from the Super League clubs, including Saints duo Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin and Wigan pair Matty Smith and Pat Richards, will form a guest XI.
They will go up against opponents made up of amateur rugby union and rugby league players from teams around St Helens.
The 20/20 contest, which takes place this Sunday (September 1) from 1.30pm, has been organised by Adam Fogarty, club captain of Ruskin Park RFC.
It will raise money for Heswall children’s charity, which sponsor Ruskin, and funds for a defibrillator to be located at the sports ground for the use of teams which play there.
Saints skipper Wellens says he is more of a “back garden cricketer” compared to some of the others taking place, but fancies a role behind the stumps.
He said: “It will be bit of fun for me really, but I quite fancy a go as wicketkeeper – catching balls is something I’ve been used to doing down my rugby career.
“Some of the other guys should be handy. Jon Wilkin played cricket in Hull growing up and Pat Richards, having lived in Australia, I expect to be good.”
Fogarty, 32, a police officer in Greater Manchester, has also recruited ex-Saints Tommy Martyn and Scott Barrow, and hopes to attract families to the event, which will include a bouncy castle.
He hopes plenty of money will be raised for important causes.
He said: “It’s an opportunity to really help one of our sponsors, Heswall children’s charity, and help people less fortunate than ourselves.
“We’ve seen the increase in sporting events – both amateur and professional – in heart attacks and unexpected deaths over recent years.
“Hopefully we can get the funds together to have a defibrillator that can be used in an emergency for any of the sports players at Ruskin Drive.
“We hope plenty of supporters will come down – it’s an opportunity to see how some of the Super league players handle a cricket bat. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of laughs.”
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