It’s 48 not out for cricketer in marathon county ground tour

Published on: 02 Jan 2014

DOWNEND cricketer Olly Ralph was ready for a rest over Christmas after a marathon charity fundraising effort.

Olly, who captains Downend Cricket Club’s second XI, visited all 18 of England and Wales’ county cricket grounds in 46 hours and 54 minutes, with a total mileage of 1,115.2 miles.

He hopes to use to use sponsorship gained during the 1127 mile round trip towards a visit to Uganda in February with the charity Cricket Without Boundaries.

The charity helps raise awareness of HIV/Aids in African countries, as well as giving children and adults cricket coaching sessions to encourage them to get more involved in the sport.

Olly will also be training a group of Ugandans to become official cricket coaches, with the aim of building a cricketing legacy in the country.

He said:  “Cricket Without Boundaries does some fantastic work in Africa and I am proud to be able to join them next spring.

“I got the fundraising idea from a group of football fans who covered all 92 football grounds in 92 hours and thought, why not try and do the same but with cricket grounds?"

He began at the Gloucestershire County Ground in Nevil Road, Bristol, before going on to Glamorgan and Worcestershire. The final stop was Somerset Country Cricket Club. At each ground, Olly went behind the scenes with some of the players.

He plans to also auction off prizes donated by the county cricket clubs along the way.

To support him, visit www.justgiving.com/18in48challenge

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