On Monday 10th July CY Resourcing took part in Worcestershire Street Sixes, even drafting in staff from our Birmingham office to strengthen the team (one with a broken arm who turned out to be the day's star player!!)
Worcestershire Street Sixes is an event that helps take cricket to the most deprived areas across the county, where young people have limited opportunities to engage, which generally tends to be a start point for petit crime and poor life choices, which if unchallenged can take them down a very slippery slope.
Through this street cricket programme young people will engage through cricket and will provide help writing CV's, improving interview techniques as well as training them to deliver and sustain the street cricket programme itself, for other young people. Helping young people develop confidence, leadership and communications skills, as well as helping them gain valuable experience for when they seek employment in later life.
So first of all was the draw, CY were pulled out second to form part of group one. Also in this group were the ECB, Heart of Worcestershire College and a team comprising of staff from both David Lloyd and BMW Worcester.
Our first game was against the ECB, so we knew were in for a tough time (even if they did claim to be 'office staff')! We won the toss and decided to field first. After an impressive batting display we had a hefty 275 runs (give or take a few) to chase and long story short, we got the same amount of runs we started with, but we thought 'thats okay, it was our practice run'.
After an hour break, which included refreshments and a team tactics talk in The Crown it was time to draft in some reinforcements. Mark, who was manning the office, put on his aqua blue jersey and headed on down to Angel Place. The next game was against HoWZAT of Heart of Worcestershire College, again we decided to field first and quickly realised we would have another difficult chase on our hands! We did improve, but still lost.
Time for the third and final game against David Lloyd and BMW, we went in feeling defeated yet hopeful. It was soon clear that these guys were on par with us with regards to their cricketing ability. Feeling confident, we went into our batting innings, which all came down to the final over, we needed 8 runs to secure victory. We got 7.
So that was it, 2 losses and a draw but we still had an amazing afternoon (including the delicious food at Browns afterwards!!)
Shout out to the team; Mark Gardiner, Andy Watson, Junior Kayumbi, Deborah Murray, Lauren Oliver, Jamie Sauntson & Louise Berry.
Thank you to Jo, Cynthia, Tess, Louise & Richard for holding the fort.
Special thanks to Teresa Gaiderman our professional match day photographer.
To the organisers of the day, thank you and we look forward to taking part again next year and raising even more money for such a worthwhile cause, and hopefully getting a bit further!