On Friday 2 June, two Leeds Trinity Cricket teams went head-to-head at the Horsforth Cricket Club to compete for the Matthew Huggett Memorial Cup. The match took place in memory of former Leeds Trinity Journalism student, Matthew Huggett, who sadly passed away in December 2013 after being diagnosed with Metastatic Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of spinal cancer which prevented him from completing his Sports Journalism degree.Brett Arnall, our Alumni Relations Officer, was there on the day to report on the match.
As with each year, a good crowd of staff and students from the Leeds Trinity community gathered to watch the match and help raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Senior Lecturer in Journalism, Dean Naidoo, organised this year's match which featured the student Cricket Club facing off against a team comprised of alumni and staff. After last year's defeat, it's unsurprising that Dean has recruited some fresh alumni faces - many of which were the star players from last year's student team!
Before the game began, I also had chance to interview 2016 Sports Science graduate, Ryan Smith
, and Secondary Physical Education and Sports Coaching student, Lee Parks
, about the match – both of whom were very confident they would win!
Dean won the toss against the Student Captain, Dominic Farr, and decided to bowl first. This proved to be a great decision, with some early wickets falling and pressure growing on the student team. The student team eventually scored 156 for 5, with Dominic Farr on 53 not out and Elliot Jennings retiring at 51 not out.
After a short break, the alumni and staff team took to bat and got 136 runs for 7 wickets, with Andy Gregory putting in a man-of-the-match performance scoring 62 not out. Sadly for the alumni and staff team, this wasn't enough, and for the second year in a row, the Student Cricket team won the coveted Matthew Huggett Memorial Cup.
The T20 Memorial Cricket Match is a great example of the Leeds Trinity community, with staff, students, and alumni all coming together to be involved in a fun and meaningful way to raise money for charity. Over £200 was raised for Marie Curie Cancer on the day, with further donations still being collected.
I thought Dean did a fantastic job in organising yet another fun event to remember Matthew. It was great to watch the match and have the chance to speak to players from the teams both before and after the match. We have some really talented players here at Leeds Trinity, and it was a tight competition, but what mattered most was everyone's team spirit and their willingness to get involved with a great cause.
It's great to see this as a firm event in the Leeds Trinity calendar, and no doubt Dean will be looking at graduation dates for this year's student players in preparation for next year's match!