Dartford MP Gareth Johnson held his annual Charity Cricket Match at Hesketh Park on Sunday to raise money for Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled and Dartford Cricket Club, to help promote its youth teams.
Despite a drizzly start, hundreds of people gathered to watch and play cricket, watch a variety of performances by local groups including Sly Moves Street Dance, Fleetdown Primary School Signing Choir and Sapphire Dance and Drama Academy and enjoy the charity stalls.
This year Gareth Johnson’s 12-year-old son William opened the batting with him.
Afterwards Mr Johnson said: “We had such a great day. Unfortunately my team lost out again to the cricket club’s side but we had a lot of fun.
Bluewater’s General Manager, Robert Goodman, gave a star performance with a smart catch and the Messenger’s very own Tom Acres played very well. In fact we had worthy contributions from all our players. I even took a wicket and managed 25 runs!
Throughout the day, there were a steady flow of people at the event, which started with a number of local youth teams playing ‘Kwik’ Cricket followed by some fantastic performances from local groups.
When the main match started after lunch, the sun finally made an appearance! It is always a pleasure to host this event, there is no better place to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon, than at the cricket in Kent.
I’d like to thank everyone who took time to help organise, take part and support the event and I look forward to confirming the final total raised in the next few days.”