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.

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  • 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

Pool A

  • Team 1 Antipodean Cricket Board
  • Team 2 The Iron Dukes
  • Team 3 Orange Allrounders

Pool B

  • Team 4 Two Balls
  • Team 5 Waldron Cricket Club
  • Team 6 Nick from Putney

Order of play

11.00 - 11.45

Antipodean Cricket Board


The Iron Dukes

11.45 – 12.30

Two Balls


Waldron Cricket Club

12.30 – 1.15

Antipodean Cricket Board


Orange Allrounders

1.15 – 2.00

Two Balls


Nick from Putney

2.00 – 2.45

Iron Dukes


Orange Allrounders

2.45 – 3.30

Waldron Cricket Club


Nick from Putney

3.30 – 4.15

Winner of Pool A


Runner up of Pool B

4.14 – 5.00

Winner of Pool B


Runner up of Pool A

5.00 - 5.30

Extra time for catch up

5.30 – 6.30


Final will be followed by presentation of the Forever Young trophy and speeches

The Teams

The Antipodean Cricket Board

Team Captain
Jeremy Burke

Connection to Charlie
When living in Australia, Charlie was part of the Sydney University Premership winning 5th grade team in 2008! After such as successful season, most of the good players left or retired so the club were desperate for anyone to join, regardless of ability (or lack of) – which is when Jeremy arrived on the scene!!!

Team info
A team to be feared. Not only for their supreme cricketing skills but mainly for their incredible banter and chat. The strategy is to put the opposition off their game with their charm and linguistic skills and then show the British "Soap Dodgers" how cricket is really played. If all that fails, well, there's always the boat race!

The Iron Dukes

Team Captain
Simon Massie-Taylor

Connection to Charlie
Simon and Charlie were both educated at Wellington College before both embarking on their City dreams with a career in Audit at KPMG. It was there that Simon left an indelible mark on Charlie’s world, in a form of a scar on his forehead, caused by a collision at a KPMG rugby match. Fellow cricketers beware!

Team info
The Iron Dukes were founded in 2007 and consist mainly of very average Old Wellingtonian cricketers. The team has toured Portugal, Estonia and the Isle of Wight and this tournament brings the team back from a significant hiatus.

Nick from Putney*

Team Captains
Damian Bird esq. and James Gilbert esq.

Connection to Charlie
Damo and Charlie were co-editors of the BAYT dossier and co-chairs of BAYT ASPAC with summits held in Darwin, Melbourne and Sydney. Damo is a strong contender for most international caps (for watching sport!) in this tournament. James is a fellow cricket enthusiast, who finally ventured further than the Canary Islands on a tour with Charlie to SA in 2009. He has not left Europe since.

Team info
Despite Morné Morkel taking our snorkel and Graeme Smith eating our lunch, we have made it here. We aim to be the Leicester city of Cricket Balls to Cancer but are unsure whether we are 2015 or 2016 vintage.

*For further information on this name, please speak to Richard Latner who will be in attendance on the day

Orange Allrounders

Team Captains
Ned Clark

Connection to Charlie
Ned and Charlie first met at Wellington College, both part of the infamous Orange leavers of 2000. Friendships were forged during an "intense" session of passage cricket. Debate still rumbles on as to whether he was LBW that day!

Team info
An exquisite blend of the cream of the Young Cricketing Dynasty and arguably the finest 'Passage' cricketers the Orange boarding house turned out; as the name suggests, don't be behind these guys in the queue for tea...

Two Balls

Team Captains
Chris Ball (nicknamed Two Balls by Charlie)

Connection to Charlie
Brother-in- law and constant source of amusement for his wardrobe - in particular his enthusiasm for red trousers.

Team info
All six are regular players for the Candover Valley CC. Chris picked five of the best - and himself...

Waldron Cricket Club

Team Captain
Rob Hough (aka HT)

Connection to Charlie
Like the most traditional of British relationships theirs was founded over sport and beer down the great English institute. From the dusty tracks of northern India, to the bright lights of Paris and the golden beaches of Australia, these two could talk sport for hours (and hours and hours).

Team info
The club was founded in 1757 and the centenary match in 1857 was never played due to heavy snow. The ground, laid on a windswept slope of sandstone, has outstanding drainage and combining that with the legend of the centenary game, the club motto has become "Only snow can stop play!".

Raffle and silent auction

Raffle tickets will cost £5 each and will be available for sale on the day. If you would like to purchase in advance, please contact

Some of the


will be

Magnum of Pol Roger

Afternoon tea for 4 at Harrods

Harrods Hamper

Dishoom Voucher

Stella McCartney keyring

Superdry Voucher

Signed Stuart Broad mini cricket ball

And many more...

Some of the


will be

7 nights in a 4 bedroom villa in Sardina, Italy (anytime next summer except 2 weeks over August bank holiday)

Weekend on a houseboat on the Regents Canal (sleeps 4)

6 tickets to Surrey v Middlesex at Lords

Signed and framed Usain Bolt Jamaica shirt

2 tickets to Queens final

And many more...


on the day

A matchday booklet will be available on the day

Food and drink will be available for sale including:

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!

Buy Tickets

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