Saving The Lives Of Club Cricketers

Saving The Lives Of Club Cricketers

How cricket clubs can make the game stronger, better and safer.

What does your club need?

That was the question posed to amateur players and administrators in a survey by the Club Cricket Charity (featured in AOC) earlier this year. And the results were unexpected.

To the surprise of the charity, which aims to support the recreational game, a large proportion of respondents named defibrillators as a priority.

The need for this equipment – a device that gives a high-energy electric shock to the heart to reverse cardiac arrest – was highlighted last year by a tragic accident at Long Ditton CC, when 24-year-old Bavalan Pathmanathan was struck in the chest while batting for his team Manipay Parish Sports Club, and subsequently died.

So the Club Cricket Charity has established a fund designed to help provide these essential items to cricket clubs up and down the land. Four clubs have already been nominated for defibrillators as a result: Mayapam Parish Sports Club (Bavalan’s club), Paragon CC, Princes Risborough CC and Woodlawn CC.

The launch of The Wendy Grossmith Defibrillator Fund (named after the family who donated these first four units) was announced at the annual Club Cricket Conference Lord’s lunch. The fund, it was announced, aims to supply 200 units to clubs over the next year, and, in the longer term, provide a defibrillator for each team in the country.

That’s why any club can benefit from the fund. Clubs able to finance the cost of a defibrillator themselves can purchase theirs via the Club Cricket Charity at a competitive rate – complete with all necessary insurance – while those clubs with less or no spare cash will be means-tested, with the hope the equipment can be provided by the charity. All defibrillators will be sourced through The Community Heartbeat Trust.

A brand new defibrillator
A brand new defibrillator

Awareness of the threat of heart conditions and cardiac arrest in people of all ages has risen dramatically in recent times, and the danger has been significantly mitigated by the development of defibrillators. While the new fund targets the world of cricket specifically, the Club Cricket Charity hopes to play a role in a wider bid to raise awareness and stimulate action around the issue.

The charity is now inviting financial contributions with the aim of building up a fund which will a) save lives and b) give confidence, to a whole range of cricket organisations, that they have the resources necessary to provide an immediate response to potential emergency situations.

Cricket is to be enjoyed. Let’s help each other do just that.


Head to here to donate.


Apply in the first instance by email to Robbie Book, Club Cricket Charity trustee, to, stating your organisation’s name, your position in the organisation and whether or not your organisation has a home ground

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