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Farndon Cricket Club's Martyn Hill up for The Cricketer's lockdown hero award

A cricketer has been nominated as a lockdown hero.

Martyn Hill, of Farndon Cricket Club, was chosen by The Cricketer, the world’s oldest cricket magazine, as one of 40 heroes.

Farndon enjoyed an inter-squad friendly at the weekend. (38376673)
Farndon enjoyed an inter-squad friendly at the weekend. (38376673)

The public each have one chance to vote before Sunday and will make up 50% of the voting, while the other 50% will be the decision of a panel of judges from The Cricketer.

Hill was nominated for his commitment to the club, as we ll as his recent charity batathon fundraiser.

Hill said: “It is really nice to be recognised for all the hard work I’ve put in at Farndon to keep cricket alive in the village during lockdown.

“But also for myself and the fundraising team to be recognised for the efforts that went in to the sunrise to sunset batathon is the icing on the cake.

“I must say it was personally one of my biggest achievements, and to advertise the link between sport and mental wellbeing was a subject close to my heart, so it was really nice to link up with Shaw Mind and raise nearly £3,000 was a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Hill spent more than 12 hours at the crease back in June, and raised more than £2,400 for both Farndon CC and mental health and wellbeing charity, Shaw Mind.

The 30-year-old faced his first ball at 4.43am and his 2,557th ball at 9.21pm.

In total he faced the equivalent of four one-day games or ten T20 matches.

The nomination also highlighted his dedication to the club, which he has been at since the age of 11.

As well as playing, he also coaches the junior section along side his role as a chance to shine officer and junior Outlaws’ coach for Nottinghamshire.

He dedicated more than 20 hours a week to coaching over 20 juniors one on one, and has also managed the clubs’s safety programme during coronavirus.

You can vote for Hill here.

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