A CHARITY cricket match which over the years has raised more than £10,000 for St Michael’s Hospice returns this weekend.

The ninth Richard Matravers Memorial Charity Cricket Match takes place at Bartestree & Lugwardine Cricket Club, near Hereford, this Sunday (August 27).

There was not a match last year, so the players involved are eagerly awaiting this weekend’s fixture.

The annual event first started in 2012 in memory of Richard Matravers, who died at St Michael’s in 2001. His sons, Adam and Robert, 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.

Their fundraising took on even greater significance in 2017 when Adam and Rob’s mum, Miriam, also died at the Hospice in Bartestree.

“Not only is it extremely important to us to raise money for the hospice who provided such great care to both our parents in their final days, but playing the match in Bartestree is as close as we could possibly play to the hospice’s home, a place dear to our hearts,” said Adam.

Each team features a mix of regular and non-regular players to make the match both interesting and unpredictable.

After the match there is a raffle and auction, with funds going to St Michael’s. Any businesses wishing to donate items can do so by emailing Adam on adamamatravers@yahoo.co.uk

You can also donate to the cause by visiting justgiving.com/page/adam-matravers-1690211519279

The match begins at 1pm. All welcome.