Richmondshire Cricket Club raises £4,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Jonny Carr and Olga Ashton from the YAA at the event.

Richmondshire Cricket Club has emulated Indian batsmen Virat Kohli by joining the 4,000-club – but they reached their milestone much more quickly

Earlier this year, Kohli became the first person to reach 4,000 runs as a captain in one-day internationals, achieving this in 4 years and 154 days.

But it only took Richmondshire Cricket Club a few hours to reach the 4,000 milestone – but in their case it was pounds and not runs.

This was what the club achieved at a recent auction of promises event.

The auction was arranged to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance and to send under-19 cricketer Jonny Carr to Fiji to help rebuild a school in a local village.

Among the items donated and auctioned included football tickets, flowers, a spa afternoon, hampers, clothing and even a holiday villa in Turkey.

The £4,000 raised has been split between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Jonny, who is using the money to go on an expedition with Think Pacific, an organisation which provides life-changing experiences for university students, people on gap years or those on a career break.

Melodie Websdale, from Richmondshire Cricket Club, said: “We were delighted to raise so much money at the auction of promises and would like to thank everyone who donated Lots and those who attended and made bids.

“We have long-standing links with Yorkshire Air Ambulance who do such an important job in our area, and it was nice to be able to support one of our promising young cricketers to help a community in Fiji and gain an amazing life experience at the same time.”