We’re bowled over by brothers’ cricket success

As England remains gripped by one of the most engrossing cricketing summers for decades, a rivalry closer to home continues to capture the imagination.

The annual Richard Matravers Memorial Charity Cricket Match has this year raised more than £1,100 for St Michael’s Hospice.

Cricket-mad Hereford resident Richard died in 2001 at St Michael’s. His sons, Robert and Adam, had always talked about raising funds for the Hospice so they brought together their friends to form two sides – with a brother captaining each team.  

Since that first year in 2012 – on the recently lost Widemarsh Common cricket strip – the matches have collected well over £7,000 for the Bartestree-based Hospice.

Adam’s side won the latest battle, meaning they nudge 4-3 ahead in the overall series which took a brief hiatus in 2017 when the brothers’ mum, Mim, died, also at St Michael’s.

This year’s match took place at the Wyeside ground off Broomy Hill in Hereford.

‘Once again, this year was another tremendous success,’ said winning captain, Adam.

‘We’d like to thank all the players who took part, as well as those who supported and donated auction and raffle items.

‘It means so much to us to raise this money for St Michael’s, which is a cause we hold very close to our hearts.

‘We’re already looking forward to next year’s match.’