Cricket-mad Leeds friends in charity walk to coast

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A pair of cricket-mad pals have set off on a gruelling walk from Headingley to Scarborough to raise vital cash for charity.

Friends Mark Sugden and Daniel Hill, from Leeds, departed for the coast yesterday from Headingley cricket ground wearing cricket whites for their 80-mile journey.

The duo play for and coach junior teams at Rodley Cricket Club and are hoping to visit more than a dozen different clubs during their walk.

They took up the challenge for Yorkshire Cancer Research, to raise money for family and friends affected by the disease.

Mr Hill, 27, is walking in honour of his mum, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and has recently been given the all-clear following treatment.

He said: “As a massive cricket fan I can’t wait to get to Scarborough, feeling good about what we’ve achieved and watching some cricket.”

The pair are hoping to watch Yorkshire County Cricket Club, who are taking on Nottingham during the Scarborough Cricket Festival next week, when they arrive at the coast.

And Mr Sugden, 40, is raising money as a tribute to father-in-law Kevin Walton, who died from cancer aged 49, 15 years ago.

He is also walking in memory of Wendy Nash, a former scorer at Calverley Cricket Club who recently lost a battle with cancer.

Yorkshire Cancer Research is the charity partner of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which organises a series of events to raise cash for the organisation.

Mr Sugden said: “I’m looking forward to seeing if anyone joins in or just comes out to cheer us on. My three boys, who are all cricket mad, will be doing little bits of the walk.”

They are hoping to arrive at Scarborough on Wednesday and plan to finish with a stretch along the beach in Scarborough.

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