A little bit about me and my little blog

This is by far not the first cricket blog to be written and it certainly won't be the last (or necessarily the best). But it's mine.

This is mainly an excuse for me to carry on about a sport that has been something of an obsession since I was knee high to a middle stump. An obsession which has never left throughout the many highs (behave, there have been some) and lows (and boy have there been many of those…..) of being and England cricket fan in the years since.

The views and opinions in this blog are entirely my own. Sometimes light-hearted, occasionally irreverent, hopefully never offensive.

What gives this fool the right to have an opinion on this great sport? Where are his credentials I hear you ask? Well I think my catch at mid-on in the inter-house final at Heath Grammar school in 1981 speaks for itself…..

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Keith Bradshaw Appeal

This is a much different blog post from my usual witty, insightful and knowledgeable musings on English cricket. Yes I know that many of you will be wondering when I ever have actually managed to achieve any of those qualities - so just humour me.

I was contacted By Sarah Bradshaw who very kindly asked if I would pass on the link to the Keith Bradshaw Cancer Appeal. 

For those who don't know, Keith was a right-handed batsman who had a relatively short first class career, playing in 25 first-class matches for Tasmania in the mid to late 1980's. He also represented Sussex in 1986 at second and under-25 level , eventually retiring from playing in 1988. 
After forging a successful business career he did make a brief return to competitive cricket in the Southern Tasmanian Cricket league for the Derwent Cricket Club until 2005.

Keith came to my, and most people's attention when he was appointed as the Secretary & Chief Executive by the MCC in early 2006 where he also had a place on the administrative board of the ECB. He was widely respected during his time at Lord's where he oversaw the initial redevelopment of the home of Cricket, eventually leaving in 2011 where he became Chief Executive of the South Australian Cricket Association. Here he has helped administer Adelaide Oval's redevelopment. He is an honorary life member of the MCC.
Unfortunately, Keith has has suffered a recurrence of the cancer he fought during his role as Chief executive of the MCC at Lord's 

The Link to the Keith Bradshaw Cancer Appeal can be found RIGHT HERE

The page contains information on how people can donate to the appeal and send messages of support. IT ALSO CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION;

"As you may know Keith Bradshaw stepped down from being Chief Executive at the M.C.C. after almost 5 demanding years which saw many changes but most importantly was the start of the process for the total refurbishment of Lords Cricket Ground which culminated in the “Vision for Lords”.

What you probably did not know that outside of family issues which necessitated him going back to his native Australia, he was also not a well man as he had contracted cancer. 

He is now Chief Executive at the South Australian Cricket Association, but he has just received confirmation his cancer has returned. He has been advised he needs extensive medical treatment and on top of this has just had a pelvis reconstruction hip replacement to repair the damage caused by the cancer which has attacked this area of his body.

After the operation, besides the obvious pain and discomfort there will be a period of convalescence and rehabilitation. This will inevitably lead to a significant disruption of his normal life and in addition he must shortly resume chemotherapy once given the all clear from the operation.

Unfortunately, there are a number of medical expenses associated with these treatments and the subsequent after care. As a result of the recognition of all the work he did whilst at the M.C.C. a fund is being launched to try and raise £100,000. Keith is very keen to see the vast majority of the monies raised donated to the causes below which will aid research in finding a cure for his condition of multiple myeloma ( presently classified as a terminal disease) and Birmingham Childrens Hospital to rebuild their children’s cancer department.

In the event that more funds are raised than are required for Keith's medical expenses, these funds will be split equally between Myeloma UK and the Laurie Engel Fund supporting Birmingham Children's Hospital appeal to raise £4 million to rebuild their cancer department

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