Even though the weather has sometimes indicated otherwise we are now into the cricket season and for all at Sefton Park CC it has given us bitter-sweet feelings. Having worked hard at training over the winter we’re all enjoying the chance to put practice into action and appreciate what the sport offers. All the enthusiasm and team spirit runs alongside a sadness that our most lively and engaging member isn’t with us. Since Alex Miller’s death in December we have gone through all the sorrow as a collective, each moment of sadness has been shared and out of this a determination to create a legacy for him has emerged.
In March 16 of us ran the Liverpool half marathon in full cricket kit, taking a diversion on the route to play an over at the ground, and in doing so raised over £3500; money that is being used to fund the helpline and get awareness of the themes that CALM cover out into the broader public. After putting our feet up and complaining about blisters we’ve now moved on to our next task. Given Alex’s infectious love of leather on willow it seemed only right to host a game in his honour. So, on Sunday 23rd June from 1pm our Croxteth Road ground will play host to a match between a Sefton XI and an Invitational XI. Friends and playing rivals of Alex have been invited to appear and former players of the club are coming back to exhibit their skills.
The game is to primarily celebrate Alex’s life by doing what he loved most but there is also the broader aim of spreading the maxims of CALM to a wider sporting audience. With this in mind we have a pre match presentation from State of Mind, an organisation that works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of rugby league players and communities but has a message that is particularly relevant to cricketers and all young men.
On the day we have fun and games off the pitch to ensure spectators have no risk of sitting idle as well as a bbq, bottle bar and a raffle draw at the close of the day where a host of brilliant sporting prizes are available. Full details can be found at www.seftonparkcalm.blogspot.com
So whilst the eclectic sounds of Africa Oyé drift over from the park, why not come down to watch some cricket and support a truly worthy cause.