Cricket match for Rusty nets £3,000
A CRICKET match held in memory of a man who played the game for more than 35 years has raised £3,000.
The match was held on Sunday in tribute to 50-year-old Michael Rustell, known as Rusty, who died in a car crash in February.
The father of four was born and brought up in Beckington and had played for the cricket club since he was 15, and was its longest serving member.
On the day there were eight teams of ten players in fancy dress. Players wore orange curly wigs, Hawaiian costume, there was the Class of 79 complete with pom pom cheerleaders, people dressed as Abba and Rugrats.
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Up to 300 family and friends were there to support the teams and there was a hog roast, cricket teas, a bar and raffle.
During the event there was also the unveiling of a bench in memory of both Mr Rustell and his best friend Terry Ellis, who died a few months before the accident. The bench was paid for by Beckington Cricket Club and the Class of 79, past pupils for Frome Community College who staged a recent reunion.
Music and commentary was supplied by Mike Ford. There was a bottle of beer for everyone who caught a six behind the boundary, many tried but nobody caught a single catch.
The tournament was won by Julian's Pub Team, which included Mr Rustell's son Charlie who was following in his father's footsteps and blasted the ball to all parts of the boundary in the final to win the closely fought game.
One of the organisers, Gary Peters said: "It was a fitting tribute to a great servant to Beckington Cricket Club and a man that will be sorely missed by so many people.
"Next year the aim is to make it even bigger and better than this year's event if possible"