A cricketer will be giving a new meaning to the phrase ‘playing in his pyjamas’ when he takes to the pitch in a festive onesie on Boxing Day.
Nick Bull, captain of the North Leeds Cricket Club, plans to wear his all-in-one to bowl over the opposition at the club’s annual fundraising game – which is played every year whatever the weather.
The match, which became a long-standing tradition after its founding game around 60 years ago, has in the past been played in rain, snow, sleet and sparkling sunshine. And it has become a similar tradition for Mr Bull to pitch up in a less than conventional cricketing outfit.
Club chairman and first team player Steve Wales said: “There’s an old black and white image of Nick playing in the snow in furry moon boots.
This year he’s playing in a onesie. When cricket is played in brightly coloured clothes it’s referred to as playing in their pyjamas – you could say this was a bit of a play on words.”
Every year the match raises money for charity with a raffle – with most recent years having raised cash for St Gemma’s Hospice. Mr Wales said the games must have pulled in around £30,000 over the years, adding: “It’s all down to the generosity of the public.”
The game, which will be against members of the Northern Cricket Club Society, will start at the club, at Old Park Road, Roundhay, at 11am.
The clubhouse will be open to the public from that time with pie and peas, a bar and hot drinks on the menu from the start of the event.
Mr Wales said he hoped the event would raise at least £500, adding: “It’s open to all.”
This will be the last year players taking part in the traditional Boxing Day match will have to arrive ready for the game.
Currently the changing rooms at the North Leeds Cricket Club club house are out of action due to a refurbishment project which started this year.
In 2014 the club hopes to finish its revamp, with new changing rooms, showers and leisure space in the building.
Steve Wales, club chairman, said £200,000 had been raised for the project, adding: “It’s going to be a very exciting year.”