Following a fun packed day, for the winners of the GM Experience Day, of coaching, a tour of the Gunn and Moore factory and interviewing Nottinghamshire CCC and England stars Chris Read and Samit Patel – in association with CricketWorld.com and ProCoach – a special Award, of a Gunn & Moore cricket bat, was presented to Matti Abed from Weston Super Mare CC.
Cricket players young and old had been nominated for the chance to win this ‘once in a lifetime experience’ during the 2016 season.
Alastair Symondson, Head of Media at CricketWorld.com said: “the nominees had been selected for the GM Experience because they had been nominated by a club teammate, family friend or parent for not necessarily their outstanding cricket performances during the season, but because they were passionate about the game, both on and off the field and played in the right ‘spirit’”
He added: “To me you are all winners for being here today.”
However, Matti’s journey was a particularly poignant one, at this time, as he had only been in the UK for 18 months fleeing from his own country – Afghanistan. Whilst settling in England he found joining a cricket club had really helped him ‘mix in with the local community” and give him something to look forward to as cricket was a passion even when he was in his own war torn country. He was delighted with his new Gunn and Moore bat.
Speaking after the coaching session with everyone, Samit Patel Nottinghamshire CCC and England said: “it’s great to be involved in this special day and give the youngsters some coaching tips to take home with them. It’s been a hugely enjoyable day for everyone”
Richard Harris, Sponsorship Manager, from Gunn and Moore added: “I would like to thank the ProCoach coaches and GM sponsored players Chris Read and Samit Patel for making it such a special day for everyone”
Other winners that attended on the day were - Harvey Goring Hartsholme CC, Zak Eastwood Formby Cricket Club, Balgees Barendilla Totteridge Millhillians Ladies CC, Ciara Greenway Fulneck School, Ben Ruddick Maltby CC.