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Newark: Memorial match pays timely tribute to Balderton Cricket Club stalwart

A cricket match to celebrate the life of a club stalwart took place on Sunday.

The match was in honour of the late Fred Clipsham, from Balderton, and raised money for Balderton Cricket Club and Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Beaumond House provided care for Fred, who died aged 74 in June 2020 after a battle with illness.

Fred Clipsham (48729689)
Fred Clipsham (48729689)

The memorial match took place just a day after Balderton 1sts ­— captained by Fred’s son, Tim ­— took the Division A title in the South Notts League to secure promotion to the Notts Premier League.

Tim captained a side in a game against a team led by his brother, Ben.

Sons of Fred Clipsham, Tim (left) and Ben. (50737711)
Sons of Fred Clipsham, Tim (left) and Ben. (50737711)

There was also a raffle, barbecue and disco.

Paul Colcomb, a close friend of Fred, who started a JustGiving page to raise funds ahead of the day, said: “Fred was a legend at Balderton Cricket Club. As a very gifted player, unique coach and number one barbecue chef, he touched so many lives.

“He spent so many hours working with the children’s section through the academy and developing a conveyor belt of first team talent.

“Outside of cricket Fred plied his trade as a builder across Newark and the surrounding area."

Fred’s family and the club helped organised the memorial cricket match, which was a day of celebration and reflection.

Donations can still be made via www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/baldertoncricketclub.

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