Mayor of Sunderland dons whites for charity cricket match

The Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay waiting for the rain to stop before the start of his charity cricket match at the Philadelphia club.

The Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay waiting for the rain to stop before the start of his charity cricket match at the Philadelphia club.

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WHITES were ironed for the Mayor’s Charity Cricket Match and Fun Day.

The event at Philadelphia Cricket Club attracted lots of eager cricket fans to watch the match between the Mayor’s XI and a Philadelphia Select XI.

Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay said: “This is the day after the end of the season.

“It’s been difficult getting fixtures in during the summer because of all the bad weather.

“It’s been a tradition in the past to have a Mayor’s game.

“I’m very much looking forward to getting my cricket whites out as it’s been a few years since I’ve played.”

The order of the day was to raise funds for the Mayor’s chosen charities.

And as well as the cricket match there were activities to keep youngsters entertained, including a bouncy castle and face painting.

Coun Kay was a member of the third Team for Hylton Colliery and the works team when he was a probation officer.

He added: “It’s all for good causes, St Benedict’s Hospice and the Sunderland Carers’ Centre.

“I understand a major bank is supporting the hospice as a charity and will match-fund what is raised.”