Novia Financial plc, the main partner of Bath Rugby, held their inaugural charity cricket evening between Novia Mallards and the NISL cricket team recently at Bathampton Playing Fields, with all money raised going towards the Bath Rugby Foundation.
Nick Abendanon and Matt Powell joined the two sides and quickly improved the quality of the play. Under the watchful eye of Novia directors turned umpires Richard Denning and Sean Allwright, a Novia Mallards side looking for a win after some disappointing recent form batted well first up, scoring 130 from their allotted overs, whilst the legions of fans took to the bar and hog roast.
Despite a strong start from the NISL team, Abendanon's pace proved too much, and after 4 wickets in an over from the Bath full-back, they limped to defeat against a jubilant Mallards outfit. Mallard's Skipper Scott Beasley lifted the trophy and Richard Budneyj for NISL accepted defeat gracefully. The fundraising then resumed in earnest, with a raffle and auction raising £5,290 for the Bath Rugby Community Foundation.
Jimmy Deane, Community Foundation Manager said: "The Charity is delighted to receive this donation from Novia and would like to thank them for this fantastic achievement. The evening was a huge success by all accounts and the money raised will help the Foundation to achieve its goals supporting young people in the local community."