Cricket United Doodles raise over £9,000
On Sunday 30th July, bidding closed on this year’s set of doodles done by England’s and South Africa’s Test stars to raise money for Cricket United, a collaboration between three charities – Chance to Shine, the PCA Benevolent Fund, and the Lord’s Taverners – who are all changing lives through cricket.
Incredibly, over £9,000 was raised from the 12 pieces of art, so each charity will receive over £3,000, is enough for Lord’s Taverners to buy three people sports wheelchairs.
The most sought-after item was Jimmy Anderson’s doodle of “Two great spinners, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan – and Graeme Swann” which was sold for £2,319, though perhaps this shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as it was essentially three doodles in one!
Meanwhile, despite Jonny Bairstow’s questionable drawing led to him apologising to a disbelieving Shaun Pollock for the poor likeness, and Pollock and others discussing and criticising the piece of ‘art’ at length live on Sky during the Test match, it still crossed the £1,000 mark.
It wasn’t just the England players who picked up their pencils, South African stars Chris Morris and Morne Morkel raised over £500 between them after doodling Allan Donald and AB de Villiers as the touring side took part in the famous Cricket United doodles for the first time.
If you missed out on a doodle, but want to help Cricket United and have a keepsake of the day, the England players have signed the specially designed shirts they wore on the day, and they are being auctioned here.