Friday, August 28, 2015 - 14:00

The fifth annual cricket match between the People and Gardens group and the Eden Project will take place on Sunday September 6 at St. Austell Cricket Club.

The 20-over match will cap a summer of regular training for the People and Gardens team, who have a makeshift cricket pitch at the nursery near Pentewan where they work. The group won last year’s match and are leading the series 3-1.

The event is a fundraiser for People and Gardens, a project which gives people with physical and emotional impairments the opportunity to learn all aspects of growing and selling vegetables, while developing their confidence levels too.

The community interest company runs a vegetable bag scheme, which offers a fortnightly bag of top-quality produce, available for £13 for a large bag or £10 for a small one.

The idea for the annual match was concocted by Bill Simpson, avid cricket fan, qualified coach and Development Manager of People and Gardens.

As well as cricket, there will be a barbecue, bar, stalls and games and the opportunity to bid for an England shirt signed by cricketing legend Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff.

Bill said: “We’re very excited to be returning to the cricket field following our victory last year. The team and I always have a great time practicing and training for the match and it’s going to be fabulous to get out into the middle again.

“The camaraderie of playing a team game and the reception the team receives from the crowd really can’t be quantified. Not only do we have a great time playing, the match also works wonders for the confidence and self-esteem of the team too.”

Entry and parking is free with an optional donation to People and Gardens. The club will open at 1pm and the first ball is due to be bowled at 2pm.