Cricket club bowled over after popular Padiham player takes to the pitch for fund raising challenge

A popular cricketer certainly wasn't stumped for a great idea to raise money for the club where has played since he was a boy.

Keen to help Padiham Cricket Club, player Kenny Taylor decided to run around the Arbories Memorial Sports Ground and let supporters dictate the distance by running a lap for every £10 donated.

Each lap equates to 0.3km and, after setting a target of £500, Kenny managed to raise £1,440 and ran 100 laps of the ground which is around 20 miles in total.

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Known as 'King Kenny' the player completed the challenge over four days, sticking to government guidelines regarding daily exercise.

Cricketer Kenny Taylor has raised 1,440 for Padiham Cricket Club by running sponsored laps at the Arbories ground.

Kenny (25) has played at the club since he was nine. A former pupil of Padiham Primary and the former Hameldon High schools, Kenny now works as a warehouse supervisor at EFS in Burnley.

Play has been suspended at Padiham Cricket Club, which plays in the Ribblesdale League, due to Covid 19 but club officials still have to pay the bills and rent and keep the ground maintained.

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Treasurer Callum Clarke said: "Thankfully we still have subscriptions from members which is a great help but we still have to pay the rent to Burnley Council who own the Arbories and all the other bills for the club.

"Our grounds staff are volunteers but we need to pay for petrol for the mowers and other costs associated with keeping the grounds maintained.

Kenny with his girlfriend Helen Redfern

"We are grateful to Kenny and other supporters for keeping us going during these unprecedented times."

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Callum added that hopes were high the players may be able to put on their cricket whites for games in July.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/kennyrun2020