Sun shines on fourth AAF cricket match

Posted on July 9, 2014 · Posted in News
The weather on Sunday was perfect for the fourth Afghan Appeal Fund cricket match and was our most successful year yet – with a record turnout and over £7,000 raised for our work in Afghanistan. Kemal Alam gives an account of the day below,

“The Guards fought valiantly against Freshfields in the first match of the day, with Ebrahim Saeed bowling brilliantly and Magoo Giles and Giles Harris knocking up the runs. Team captain Rob Gallimore kept the morale up throughout and was outstanding fielder of the day. They were defeated by an impressive Freshfields team by 38 runs.

Next up was CGS’s team Army Wanderers playing the Afghan Appeal Fund’s team General Richard’s XI. AAF’s Brendan McKerchar scored a record 93 – the highest score in four years of the event. Mumtaz Habib was player of the day with some outstanding hitting and bowling. Pakistan Army Attaché Zulfiqar Ali Bhatty took 3 wickets for the AAF with great off spin bowling, even whilst fasting for Ramadan. CGS General Sir Peter Wall was caught out by a spectacular catch from Peter Oborne and the Wanderers lost by 81 runs.

The final, a repeat of last year with Freshfields vs AAF, was a close run thing: Freshfields came away well deserved cup winners for the second year in a row. Play ended at 7pm after a most exciting finish.

The sun shone until close of play; the heavens opened as the winners were presented with their fine trophy. Our patron Lord Richards rounded off the event by saying a few words about the importance of maintaining our support to the people of Afghanistan.”

Huge thanks to our sponsors: Freshfields, Thunderbird Partners, Saab and Carillion; players; caterers Complete Catering who provided such a delicious lunch; helpers and all those who turned out in support – we are really very grateful.
team captains generals chewing the fat CGS Gen Sir Peter Wall in bat group AAF XI with Gen Sir David Richards Lady Richards presents cup to Freshfields

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