A Chorley Cricket fund-raiser with the CEO of Cricket Australia and former professional James Sutherland has been hailed a huge success.
The event was was organised by Chorley legend and former club captain Roland Horridge .
The event was hosted by shirt sponsors Little Hong Kong and an excellent banquet was provided for all guests on the night.
Horridge arranged the night with James to raise money to contribute towards the new changing facilities that the club are building this winter.
James was in Manchester watching the third Ashes Test at the Emirates Old Trafford.
And as soon as heard he was coming over he instantly wanted to do something for the club.
He said: “Chorley were great to me when I was the professional here in 1992.
“I loved my time and I wanted to repay something back.
“As soon as I heard they were raising money for the new facilities I wanted to contribute because it’s such a great cause.”
James used his contacts at Cricket Australia and donated numerous prizes towards the raffle.
They included Cricket Australia training clothes, prize tickets to a day at the Old Trafford Test plus a signed England Cricket Shirt.
Money raised on the night is a ‘four-figure’ sum however funds are still being donated.
Roland Horridge, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a terrific evening and James was excellent.
“The way he spoke and
answered questions was fantastic.
“It was great to see people re-united from when they used to play at the cricket club.
“I also want to pay credit to Little Hong Kong and the people who attended they were all very generous.”
Peter Mockett, Chairman of Chorley, said: “It was a great night and a complete sell out.
“James gave up his evening for the club which is obviously still held in his affections.
“ It was an excellent contribution for our ongoing appeal for the 18k for the grant.”