Oxford, UK, Thursday 1st March 2007 – A team of cricketers from Oxfordshire is hoping to raise thousands for charity by playing in a tournament with a difference; the matches will be played on – ICE.
The players, who all work for Abingdon-based publishers Taylor & Francis, will brave sub-zero temperatures and blizzards when they travel to Tallinn, Estonia to compete in the annual Real Ice Cricket tournament in March to raise money for Comic Relief. The matches will be played on the frozen Lake Harku where the wicket will be painstakingly carved out of the ice and the boundary clearly marked off to prevent anyone accidentally plunging into the freezing waters below. A normal indoor ball is used and cricket spikes are worn for grip but players are discouraged from wearing whites in case they get lost in a snowdrift.
Team Manager Nick Browne said; “We thought this would be a ‘cool’ way for us to raise lots of money for Comic Relief; although I’m concerned that by playing in such freezing temperatures our noses will naturally turn red. “If we progress in the tournament we’ll have the chance to play against the Estonian National Cricket team – although they’re not widely recognised for their cricketing ability, I’ve heard they take it very seriously, so I hope they don’t give us a frosty reception.”
James Davis, who is also Captain of Oxford Cricket Club’s Third XI, commented: “I initially thought my team mates were winding me up, but now I’m really looking forward to the tournament and raising money; it’ll certainly bring new meaning to fielding in the slips.”
The team departs for Tallinn on 7th March. To donate to Comic Relief, visit the team’s special Red nose Day page at http://www.myrednoseday.com/icecricket
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