Penydarren Country XI CC La Manga Tom Maynard Trust 2019
Penydarren Country XI Cricket Club, Merthyr Tydfil’s oldest cricket club, are celebrating their 48th anniversary by once again flying south from Wales to La Manga, Spain for 5 days in early October to compete in the prestigious Tom Maynard Trust T20 Tournament held at the european cricket performance centre at La Manga club resort.
After making lots of friends at their 3 previous tours to participate in the successful tournament, Penydarren Country XI’s International Tour Manager, Tim Phillips, didn’t take long to accept this year’s invitation from Andy House of La Manga-Torrevieja CC.
Following the draw made at Los Dolses on 23rd September, The Country XI have been paired against fellow Welsh side Cardiff CC along with Stansted CC, and Morton CC, with SW Bandits CC, and La Manga-Torrevieja CC making up the rest of the teams. St Fagan’s CC won last years tournament, so Penydarren will hope to bring the trophy back to Welsh shores.
Penydarren Country XI will be joined on the trip by former Glamorgan & England legend and Glamorgan Coach, Matt Maynard along with former Glamorgan & England Physio Dean Conway. “It will be an honour to play and be watched from the boundary by such cricketing royalty” commented International Tour Vice-Captain Patsy Moulder.
The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death. Its initial objectives were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game. This has now been expanded to Grants, Education & Awareness and also the Tom Maynard Academy at Desert Springs, where up to a dozen emerging county cricket professionals benefit each year from specialist technical and conditioning work, overseen by Tom’s father Matthew, and supported by high profile names in the world of cricket, including Ian Harvey, Paul Nixon and Jamie Dalrymple.
The Tom Maynard Trust support applications from young aspiring sports people looking for support with different aspects of their career development, including bursaries, help with training and some aspects of their education, financial support for overseas placements and assistance with kit and equipment.
The sun cream, sunhats, euro’s and kit are packed as the Countrymen extend their season in Spain, hoping to return victoriously with the Tom Maynard Trust T20 Trophy on board their flight back to Cardiff. There will be regular updates on the Country XI’s progress via Twitter on @CountryEleven and @TomMaynardTrust’
Last year’s tournament raised over £3000 for the Tom Maynard Trust. Donations to the Trust can be made at www.justgiving.com/tommaynardtrust.
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