Amateur side take on cricket stars in fundraising game

A charity cricket match took place at Abbeydale Sports Ground between Lashings World XI and Crab CC which is a team setup in memory of Tom Collins who died two years ago from cancer. Monies raised were going to St Luke's Hospice. Team captains Chris Harris, left, and Tom Barney
A charity cricket match took place at Abbeydale Sports Ground between Lashings World XI and Crab CC which is a team setup in memory of Tom Collins who died two years ago from cancer. Monies raised were going to St Luke's Hospice. Team captains Chris Harris, left, and Tom Barney
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CRICKET stars took on a team of enthusiastic amateurs in a match to raise money for a Sheffield hospice.

At Abbeydale Sports Club, Lashings World XI - a team of former international cricketers who tour the globe playing for good causes - took on Sheffield’s Crab CC, which plays in memory of sports fanatic Tom Collins, who was treated at St Luke’s Hospice.

Tom, who died two years ago, aged 48, from lung cancer, helped set up the Meersbrook Meerkats and was a member of De La Salle Old Boys’ Cricket club.

He was nicknamed The Crab for his unusual batting.

His son Tom Barney, aged 24, said: “We had absolutely no chance of winning, but it doesn’t matter - we weren’t playing to win.”