13 Jul 09
Each year, the Bunbury Cricket Club takes on clubs throughout England to raise funds for a variety of charitable causes. Since its inception in 1986, the Bunburys have raised over 12M pounds for charity. The Bunbury Club also supports the English Schools Cricket Association and hosts it’s annual under-15 Bunbury Festival.
On 12 July 2009, The Bunbury’s took on the Eric Clapton XI at Cranleigh School, Cranleigh, Surrey. Play commenced at 14:00. Players included Allan Lamb, Bill Wyman, Mark Ealham, Mark Wagh, Wasim Akram and others. Although the EC XI gave it their all, it was a victory for the Bunbury side.
In addition to the match, their were net sessions with professionals, autograph opportunities, raffle, barbecue, and an auction of a guitar signed by Eric Clapton. The day raised for Crossroads Centre at Antigua, the English Schools Cricket Association and The Cranleigh School Foundation.
Eric Clapton was introduced to the sport by David English, former president of RSO Records and founder of the Bunbury charity cricket team in the 1980s. Eric joined the first Bunbury side in a match played at Ripley Court School in 1986. In the ensuing years, Eric occasionally takes part in matches in the greater London area fielding the Eric Clapton XI.
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