Saturday 18th May 2019

Cricket Balls to Cancer is a charity event held in memory of Charlie Young.

Charlie Young sadly passed away in May 2016, after a three and a half year battle with testicular cancer. He was 34.

Charlie loved cricket, so we could think of no better way of raising awareness and money than this special six-a-side tournament.

  • Cricket
  • Food
  • Drink
  • Raffle
  • Silent Auction
  • Cakes

Charlie’s Story

Charlie was diagnosed with testicular cancer in October 2012, aged 30, and was treated at the Royal Marsden for over three and a half years.

Unfortunately, the symptoms were unusual and by the time he was diagnosed, the cancer had spread to lymph nodes in his chest, neck, and stomach.

Charlie was incredibly stoic and brave throughout, undergoing 25 rounds of chemotherapy, three stem cell transplants, 75 cycles of radiotherapy, four major operations and three rounds of immunotherapy.

He relapsed in May 2013 but by November 2013 was given the all clear, and, in January 2014, flew out to Australia to marry his wife Jess on a beautiful summer’s day in Sydney. Sadly, he relapsed for a second time and was told he could no longer be cured.

Charlie took the cancer in his stride. Despite the pain associated with operations, chemotherapy and other treatment, he never complained. He was incredibly strong-willed and had such a desire to live, despite the odds being stacked against him. He managed to extend his life by two years due to this determination.

In February 2016 he moved to Charing Cross Hospital to try immunotherapy, an extremely experimental drug with no history of being treated on testicular cancer patients. Unfortunately this treatment did not work and Charlie lost his battle with cancer on 11th May 2016 at Royal Trinity Hospice. The hospice provided Charlie with a warm and dignified end to his life.

Charlie was an avid cricket fan and conceived this event before he passed away in May 2016. He wanted it to be a family friendly day out with food, drink, fundraising and of course a spot of cricket!

Royal Marsden

The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre, providing treatment and care for more than 50,000 cancer patients every year, as well being at the forefront of cancer research. The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity supports this pioneering work.

Royal Trinity Hospice

Royal Trinity Hospice provides expert and compassionate end of life care, as well as support, information and advice to patients and those close to them. It also provides education and information, and improves communities’ relationship with death and dying, allowing them to live every moment.

Where is it?

Sendholme Cricket Club

Potters Lane
GU23 7JH


Please note: If you are using google maps, please type in ‘Concorde Cricket Club Ground, Send, Woking, GU237JH’. This is the local team that uses the ground

Need to get in touch?

If you have a question you can get in touch at

Match day information

The Tournament

The tournament will begin at 11am. All teams will play in pools with 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss. Each innings will take no longer than 25 minutes with five minutes to change between innings.

The winner of each pool will play in a final to decide who will be winner of the Forever Young trophy. Gates will close at 8pm.

The laws of cricket apply except:

  • Games are played between two teams of six players
  • Each game consists of a maximum of five six-ball overs bowled by each side
  • Each member of the fielding side bowls one over, with the exception of the wicket-keeper
  • No LBWs
  • The batting team will be awarded (4) runs for each wide or no ball bowled. All balls down the leg side are wide
  • Wides and no balls will only be rebowled in the fifth and final over of the innings
  • Batsmen shall retire after 30 runs (but can return if the remaining players are all out)
  • Prior to the beginning of each game, the respective team captains must show each other the ball they intend to use during the game

Raffle and silent auction

A silent auction and raffle will be held on the day to raise money for the selected charities. For those unable to make the event, raffle tickets will be available to purchase in advance. Further detail on prizes and how to buy tickets will follow in due course.


on the day

A matchday booklet will be available on the day

Food and drink will be available for sale

Games, face painting and a bouncy castle will be available for children

A few card machines will be available on the day but please bring plenty of cash (there are no ATMs nearby)

There is plenty of parking at the venue

No food or drink is provided in the ticket price.

You may bring your own picnic rugs and garden chairs. Some garden furniture and marquees will be in place on the day.

Although you may bring your own food, we request you buy the food that is available for sale as all proceeds will be going to charity. You will not be allowed to bring your own alcohol

Ticket Information

Tickets will go on sale in 2019 and will cost £20 for adults and £5 for children. Stay tuned for more information!

Please bring the ticket confirmation with you on the day. Please note the tickets are non-refundable. If the event is called off due to poor weather then all profits will be donated directly to charity.

If you are unable to attend the day but would like to donate, you can do so through the family JustGiving site here.

Donations will go to The Royal Marsden

Getting involved


In order to make this day a success, we need volunteers. There are many ways that you can help out on the day.

These include:


  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Umpiring
  • Scoring
  • Bar work
  • Cake sale
  • Car park
  • Commentating / introducing
  • Set up and pull down

Please note that volunteers will be divided into shifts across the day.

If you would like to be involved with any of the above, please contact