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SHOH v Malt Shovel Cricket 2024

On a day filled with spilled catches and drinks, and bails and ales being downed, the spirit of cricket was truly alive. The community gathered not just to enjoy the game, but to raise funds for a great local cause, making every run count towards charity.

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Selby Hands of Hope (SHOH) vs. Malt Shovel

Bails, Ales, and Generous Tales: Charity Cricket Match Brings Community Together.


Match Summary:

  • Selby Hands of Hope (SHOH): 181 all out (28.3 overs)

    • Neil Darley: 50* (Not Out)

    • Joe Romaniw: 26

    • Chris Harkin: 29

    • Richard Gladwell: 16

    • Marc Wells: 12

  • Malt Shovel Bowling:

    • Steve Frost: 3/14

    • Simon Hewitt: 1/14 (including the prize wicket of Romaniw)

  • Malt Shovel: 185/7 (29.2 overs)

    • Derry Robson: 54* (Not Out), hitting a match-winning six to seal victory

    • Simon Hewitt: 19

    • Chris Warner: 22

    • Captain Jack Fothergill: 13

  • SHOH Bowling:

    • Steve Milner: 4/18, including three wickets in the opening over, leaving Malt Shovel at 3 down for 1 run

    • Richard Gladwell: 1/12

    • Chris Harkin: 1/8

Match Report:

Selby Hands of Hope (SHOH), who won the toss and elected to bat first, were all out for 181 in 28.3 overs. Despite a resilient 50* not out from Neil Darley, the Malt Shovel bowlers, led by Steve Frost (3/14) and Simon Hewitt (1/14), kept the SHOH batsmen in check, preventing a larger total. Notable contributions also came from Joe Romaniw (26), Chris Harkin (29), Richard Gladwell (16), and Marc Wells (12).

In response, Malt Shovel had a disastrous start, losing three wickets for just one run in the opening over, all taken by Steve Milner (4/18). However, Malt Shovel remained composed and stayed ahead in the run chase. A steady and composed 54* not out from Man of the Match Derry Robson, supported by contributions from Simon Hewitt (19), Chris Warner (22), and Captain Jack Fothergill (13), guided Malt Shovel to victory. Malt Shovel reached 185/7 in 29.2 overs, winning the match with four balls to spare, with Robson smashing a six to complete the win.


Selby Hands of Hope added 36 extras, whereas the Malt Shovel bowlers fared better, conceding just 28 extras. Both sides featured a mix of current cricket players and lads with unconventional skills, adding unique charm and unpredictability to the match.


  • Richard Wain: For scoring.

  • Dan McLoughlin: For umpiring.

  • Selby Cricket Club: For providing excellent facilities and warm hospitality.

  • Mr. Roast: For the delicious food.

  • Your efforts made the day enjoyable and memorable, reflecting the true spirit of cricket.


Selby Hands of Hope chairman, Richard Singh, event organiser, said, "The cricket match is one of my easiest events to host, as Selby Cricket Club is always very helpful, the Malt Shovel are always good value, and we have a very loyal following. The demand to play for either team is so high that we could probably field two teams per side, which all makes the day an annual massive success. I don't take for granted the success the day is and try to add new things each year.

This year we had catering, were live on YouTube via FrogBox, and even added some music. Maybe next year we will appeal for a budding DJ to take the helm and add some 20Twenty/The Hundred type music for wickets, landmarks etc.

It was great to see Selby Hands of Hope in the new kit, sponsored by Amie Brooks. ( This match was played in memory of John Loughton, with the trophy sponsored by Paul Wells. (

Every player batted and bowled, making it a real team effort, and the event was a great success, raising £525 for SHOH. Thanks to all who played, supported, and donated.”

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