Published: 22nd May, 2020
Signed shirts and Test experiences are amongst the lots in an online charity cricket auction supported by all 18 first class counties in partnership with the ECB, PCA and MCC.
A catalogue of 62 lots are now open for bidding at cricketauction.co.uk where cricket fans can secure international match hospitality experiences at Lord’s, The Kia Oval, Trent Bridge, Edgbaston, Emerald Headingley and Emirates Old Trafford as well as the shirts of Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer & Jack Leach.
The official prize donated by Surrey: a pair of tickets for the Kia Oval Test in 2021 to include guided tour of the Media and Broadcast Centre, a signed Surrey CCC playing shirt and a copy of the Surrey 175th anniversary book signed by Alec and Micky Stewart can be bid for here.
Glamorgan, Leicestershire and Derbyshire have offered unique coaching sessions with their professional players and coaches and Sussex have gone one step further by offering the use of their ground for a T20 fixture.
The auction forms part of the Together Through This Test campaign, cricket’s co-ordinated response to Covid-19 that seeks to highlight initiatives across the professional and amateur game.
All donors have nominated a charitable cause to receive the proceeds from their lots.
“There’s a huge sense of community and goodwill across cricket and we all saw an opportunity to collaborate for the greater good,” said Nottinghamshire Commercial Director Michael Temple, who brought the auction together.
“Every single Club has joined the MCC, ECB and PCA by contributing lots and nominating causes that mean something to them. We hope that cricket fans will find a compelling reason to bid knowing that the proceeds will be donated to causes deserving of the game’s support.”
Trent Bridge sponsors John Pye Auctions are supporting the initiative by waiving all fees and commissions and will host the lots on their secure online auction platform.
“When Trent Bridge approached us about discussing a national effort to raise money for good causes, we were happy to collaborate and put our full support immediately behind it,” said John Pye’s Business Development Director, Sheldon Miller.
All lots are now open for bidding at https://www.cricketauction.co.uk