One lucky Bristol cricket fan who has been the heart and soul of his local club has been rewarded with a prize of two tickets for a semi-final match at the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Rob Carter has done everything from cutting the grass to serving drinks at Bedminster Cricket Club, with his reward coming in the form of tickets to watch the last-four match at Bristol in women’s cricket’s premier competition.
The tournament runs from 24 June to 23 July, with games taking place in Bristol, Taunton, Leicester and Derby before the showcase finale at Lord’s, the home of cricket.
And with hosts England among those coming to Bristol, Rob – affectionately known as Bob – is hoping home support can stand them in good stead as they eye up a fourth ICC Women’s World Cup title.
“I usually follow local cricket, but when your country is playing then it’s fantastic to be able to get involved,” said the retired British Gas engineer.
“It would be brilliant if England were to win, I really want them to do well and hopefully it will be a very fun competition.
“I got involved at Bedminster through my son, James, he played with them from the age of 13, and then one day I was asked to get on the tractor and cut the outfield, and I’ve been there ever since.
“The club had their ground sold from them and they had no money, but everyone loves to root for the underdog, so I’ve stayed on and done a number of roles ever since.”
Such has been his dedication to help to supporting those at the club, Rob is entering the tickets into a prize draw at Bedminster.
The 60-year-old has been there and done everything within the club for more than 30 years, helping it through its struggles right through to the present day – flourishing with teams across the age groups.
And the Ashton-born man admits he would simply be lost without the social element at Bedminster, where James is club captain.
He added: “I’ve done some grass-cutting, mowing, work in the bar and I’m a bit of a gopher! I’ve been retired for the past few years but the bar is kept so busy, we’ve come on leaps and bounds.
“Our youth policy is absolutely fantastic, we’ve got Under-9s right through to Under-19s so we’re a really busy club.
“I love watching my son play cricket, the club is my social life and that’s everything that it means.
“Everyone will put their name in the hat and that’s how we’ll do it because everyone is involved and we want to give people a great opportunity.”
The ICC Champions Trophy (1-18 June) and ICC Women’s World Cup (24 June – 23 July) will both see the best eight ODI teams in the world compete for glory in England & Wales this summer. Tickets available at icc-cricket.com/tickets
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