Tournament is a hit as teams bat for trophy
CRICKET lovers and loveLIFE supporters from across Torbay were bowled over for a cricketing showdown.
Taking place at Barton Cricket Club, Torquay, the six-a-side loveLIFE tournament was organised by Sanctuary Housing in partnership with Barton Cricket Club.
Players from the Herald Express and loveLIFE sponsors, Sanctuary Housing and Torbay Council, battled-it-out with Barton Cricket Club's A and B team and the Acorn Centre for the coveted title of loveLIFE cricket champions.
The day began with Sanctuary Housing and Barton B taking to the field with Barton at the crease. After batting and bowling for four overs each, the first game went to Barton's B team. By lunchtime, the Herald Express and Barton's B team were one place closer to being crowned loveLIFE cricket champions.
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A well-earned lunch was donated by Sanctuary Housing and players and spectators feasted on healthy BBQ fare, washed down with bottles of loveLIFE water.
The afternoon session was filled with equal highs and lows and resulted in Barton's A team and Sanctuary Housing taking the lead against Torbay Council and the Acorn Centre. As the players stepped closer to glory, the Herald Express and Barton's A team sailed through to the final round, competing for gold and silver place.
After a nail biting match, the victors were the Herald Express who walked away as the ultimate loveLIFE cricket champions and a trophy each.
Dominic Bryant, captain of the Herald Express team, said: "Everyone had a great day and we were very happy to emerge as the tournament winners.
"Many of the teams who entered included players who were not familiar with the delights of cricket and the day rekindled the sporting flame for many others who hadn't played for a very long time, myself included, which is what the loveLIFE campaign is all about," he said.
"The more we can engage with the public and encourage and promote participation and healthier lifestyles, the better for everyone concerned.
"Our thanks goes to Sanctuary Housing for helping to organise the event so effectively, to Barton Cricket Club and its volunteers, to the umpires who gave their time for nothing, and to all the teams that entered and participated in what was a very enjoyable day for all."
Richard Keeley, head of housing operations, who captained the Sanctuary team, added: "The tournament was a fun and memorable day for everyone involved.
"LoveLIFE is about so much more than asking local people to change their lifestyles – it's about organisations like Sanctuary stepping up to the challenge and showing that we are doing it too."