Thursday 3 May 2007 

A New Batsman For Worcestershire

The appearance of a new batsman at Worcestershire County Cricket Club has been noted. The unmistakeable silhouette of Andy Timmins was seen in the nets at New Road recently. Andy, a keen cricketer, is the Managing Director of Apollo2000, the Club’s main sponsor.

Apollo2000 combines a friendly persona and the distinct offer that they will beat any deal on any in stock gas or electrical appliance, Andy Timmins comments “all we ask is that people come in and witness the Apollo 2000 shopping experience which we pride ourselves on”.

Andy daringly agreed to face the onslaught of the County bowlers who resembled a firing squad as they bowled at him. He faced the likes of Roger Sillence, Vikram Solanki and Kabir Ali but the punishment didn’t end there when David Leatherdale, Commercial Director for Worcestershire County Cricket Club and former batsmen and right-arm medium pace bowler, stepped out of retirement to bowl.

When Andy Timmins was asked about his time in the nets he commented “The most difficult opposition was definitely Mr Leatherdale. He bowled a bouncer at me and it will come as no surprise to people that I never even saw it! All of them were really tough to face. From the boundary, you just don’t fully appreciate the speed of the ball!”

He went on to say “Vikram then introduced the bowling machine programmed at a mere 75mph. I never even saw the first three! I then managed to get a bat on one – which will live with me forever. I cannot believe what it must be like facing bowling at 90mph and above.”

The Club and Apollo2000 have long been associated in a partnership spanning 13 years. Andy said “We have always sponsored the youth cricket and the last two seasons we have had the privilege to be the main sponsors.” He added “It is good to see youngsters starting the game as early as they can. If our support helps to encourage spectators and get people out playing cricket which is what the game really needs, then we have fulfilled one of our goals of our sponsorship involvement.”