United In Cricket

The club gave a warm welcome on Wednesday afternoon to a group of 12 teenagers who joined some of our own boys and girls in a joyful celebration of cricket. The event was organised in association with Charlbury Refugee Action Group (CRAG) who give support to young asylum refugees from countries like Afghanisatn, Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Botswana. They are based in Oxford and came to Charlbury by train with CRAG support worker Helena Cullen. With a warm-up game of football the teenagers got know each other and then split off into groups to practise batting, bowling and fielding drills with trained coaches. Then after a traditional pavilion tea, they rounded off the afternoon with a game of continuous cricket with plenty of big hitting and splendid catching skills. We are grateful to CRAG for asking us to host the event – and liven up a school holiday afternoon with children from many nationalities getting to know each other through sport. Our thanks also to Charlbury coaches Mike Geeson-Brown and Paul Quibell-Smith, and Oxfordshire Cricket Board’s Shaz Khan.

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