Batting to lift historic trophy after restoration

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LUCKY Sheffield cricket teams took advantage of a break from rainy weather to hold a fundraising contest.

The event was hosted by Thorncliffe Cricket Club, Chapeltown, and also featured The Wednesday Cricket Club, Sheffield Transport Sports Club and a team from Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

They were playing for the first chance to lift the historic Tom Marsden trophy after its restoration.

The trophy dates back to 1820 when it was presented to 19th century cricket legend Marsden, of The Wednesday Cricket Club after he became only the second player to score a double century in England.

It was recently presented back to the reformed Wednesday Cricket Club by the Lord Mayor.

Rob Hulley, chairman of Thorncliffe Cricket Club, said: “The matches were quite close and it was fitting that Sheffield Children’s Hospital team won the final because the hospital was the main beneficiary of the money raised.

“We hope the total will be around £1,000.”

He added: “The trophy was a fantastic sight and were really lucky with the weather - we thought it would rain.”