Sunday (27th August) saw the fourth annual Alex Miller Cup where the trend of a new team winning each year was continued.
The Opening Up side, aided heavily by the big hitting of Jameel Stuart and Dan Rowe, defeated a Sefton Park Youth team that included player of the tournament Liam Naylor.
Host team Sefton Park lost in the semi finals to the eventual winners whilst a strong Swan Indies VI, including ex Barbados players Victor Walcott and Terry Rollock, fell short of beating the emerging talents of Sefton Park Youth.
2015 champions Huyton did not progress from the group stages, left there with Paddy Kendall's group playing in the name of C.A.L.M. We were very happy to welcome two sides from the Rochdale region- Tom's Lemons and Hardman's Slugs- who are a regular fixture at such events, raising money and awareness for C-R-Y. Please visit here to find out more about their cause.
Aside from a brilliant day of cricket there was plenty of money raised for both Opening Up and CALM with £973 being split between the two. This means that the original £15,000 fundraising target, established in Alex's memory, has been surpassed by those at Sefton Park. If you would like to donate you can do so via www.justgiving.com/seftonparkcc
We are very happy to be launching an Opening Up campaign in New Zealand.
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Watch out for the posters, coming very soon!
There are four fundraising prize draws to be made at the fourth annual Alex Miller Cup on Sunday 27th August. All monies go to C.A.L.M and Opening Up.
Alongside cricket a great love of Alex's life was Everton FC so we have a set of treats for any Blues out there. See what's in the draw and enter here.
Take one (or more!) spaces on the 40 square sheet to stand a chance of winning £20 and an Opening Up bat sticker/wristband set.
Take one (or more!) spaces on the 40 square sheet to stand a chance of winning £40 and an Opening Up t-shirt.
Take one (or more!) spaces on the 40 square sheet to stand a chance of winning £100, a signed 2015 Lancashire CCC T20 blast winning squad signed bat and a t-shirt of your choice from Cricket Originals.
Enter the cash draws on the day at Sefton Park CC or in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a meeting last week we are pleased to be entering into a partnership with Cricket Mentoring. Over the coming weeks we are looking forward to signposting players to their 'Peak Performance Programme' with a discount applied to any purchase made using the special Opening Up coupon.
Director of Cricket Mentoring, Tom Scollay (pictured above with Mark of Opening Up Cricket) said “Mental health is something that we’re really passionate about at Cricket Mentoring. We also believe that Peak Performance in anything in life comes from having the right mindset which is what we teach in our programs and with the athletes we work closely with. When I came across opening up and saw that Mark and the team were doing I was really excited to hopefully partner as we have the same beliefs and thoughts on the importance of mental skills and mental health in cricket and life in general.”
From Opening Up's perspective we often get asked by players and coaches what they can do to further develop their mental skills and training so to have such a thorough and high quality programme to refer people to is very welcome.
Keep your eyes peeled for the coupon code to access this fantastic resource at a bargain price!