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Current and former players from the Hadleigh & Thundersly Cricket Club are to embark on a 26-mile charity walk in honour of legendary local cricketing figure, Roy Paul, who passed away in January at his care home in Norfolk, aged 85.
A notable batsman during his playing day’s, Roy would later go on to play a prominent role in supporting the clubs’ under 16s 2008 Essex Matchplay championship success and was a huge advocate on youth cricket at the John Burroughs Park outfit, whether it be as a team manager, scorer or assisting as treasurer diligently ensuring that training monies were collected at indoor nets sessions.
The walk will take place on Saturday, April 3, with funds raised going to the Essex Cricket Foundation. Participants will walk from Hadleigh & Thundersley’s home in Rectory Road, taking in the grounds of Benfleet, King John, Leigh-On-Sea, Westcliff-On-Sea, Southend-On-Sea & EMT, Old Southendian & Southchurch and Eastwood Cricket Clubs’ before returning to their original starting point.
A club spokesman told Yellow Sport; “We would like to honour Roy’s life by undertaking this walking tour challenge, including grounds of several clubs he would have been known to during his playing days and through supporting the game locally.
No words can fully capture the impact of someone like Roy Paul. He was a true club man who contributed so much to developing youth cricketers.
Unfortunately, in the final years of Roy’s life, he wasn’t able to visit us, but he continued to receive newsletters and team sheets while in his care home, and the club remained in his thoughts. He remained in ours too.
Cricket enthusiasts wishing to donate can visit the clubs’ gofundme page available through Hadleigh & Thundersley Cricket Clubs’ social media streams – Facebook: Hadleigh & Thundersley CC and Twitter: @HadleighEssexCC or visiting