Pirates vs musketeers cricket match in memory of Houghton cricketer who died of meningitis

Team taking part in an annual charity ladies cricket match at Philadelphia Cricket Ground in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal for the Meningitis Research Foundation, on Sunday

Team taking part in an annual charity ladies cricket match at Philadelphia Cricket Ground in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal for the Meningitis Research Foundation, on Sunday

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CRICKETING ladies have helped score a cash boost for a worthy cause after they battled it out on the pitch.

In scorching temperatures, and wearing fancy dress, the Philadelphia Musketeers took on the Bank Head Pirates at Philadelphia Cricket Club, in Houghton.

The fun was all in aid of the Glenn Robinson Appeal, a fund-raising drive set up in memory of the talented young cricketer who died from meningitis, aged just 16.

Youngsters had fun playing on a bouncy castle and enjoyed an evening disco at the event.

And it was the Pirates who came out on top, thanks to a terrific batting display, despite the Musketeers posting a solid total.

Glenn’s dad, Ken, who has been a fund-raiser for the Meningitis Research Foundation since his son’s death, was one of the umpires for the match.

Ken and other members of the community have helped to raise well over £70,000 for the appeal.

Ken, 68, of Newbottle, said: “I haven’t got a clue exactly how much we’ve raised this year, as I’m waiting for sponsorship forms to come in.

“But I think it will be about £1,000, which is another fantastic effort.

“We’ve had about 300 or 400 people turn up and the girls who played were fantastic. They made a real effort with their costumes and I appreciate it.”

Glenn was a promising cricketer with Durham County’s academy side when he was struck down with the meningococcal septicaemia strain of the brain disease in 1997.

Ken hopes every day that a vaccine will soon be found to protect families from losing a loved one as he did.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting for, for a long time now, and I just hope it happens soon,” added Ken.

l A football talk-in night is set to take place this October in aid of the appeal. Former Liverpool and Denmark international Jan Molby will be a guest at the event, at Burnside WMC, in Fence Houses. Tickets will be released soon. Call Ken on 584 3097 for further information.