WHILE most eyes were on the senior cup final at the weekend, Eglinton certainly wasn’t the only cricket venue attracting a crowd on Saturday.
Strabane Park was the setting for a charity cricket blitz organised by a committee representing Gary Gillespie and his partner Aimee who lost their baby, Ara Grace, earlier this year.
Four teams, made up of current and former players from a range of clubs as well as guests from other sports played two semi-finals and a final at the Park in a venture that raised an impressive £3000 for the local SANDS charity.
Speaking on behalf of the couple, Michael Gillespie said that they had been completely blown away by the level of support they had received.
“It was great to see quite a few ‘old hands’ back on the field and a pleasure to welcome players from the likes of Newbuildings, Fox Lodge, Burndennett, Bready and the surrounding areas.
“We also had several players from the women’s league and a huge delegation from Strabane Rugby Club joining in for the day.
“We only realised the wonderful work that SANDS does at close quarters when this tragedy happened and we were delighted to be able to do something positive in Ara Grace’s name.
“We cannot thank our friends who joined us enough for making it such a special day. While it would take forever to name everyone individually, it is only fair to mention Davy Caldwell who volunteered to umpire all three matches, handed out the awards and also made a generous donation on behalf of the Derry Midweek League.
“It really was a case of the cricket and sporting community pulling together and we are extremely thankful.”