Cricketers take guard in tribute to club pioneer

Cricketers will gather this weekend to play a match in memory of Brian Bell, former Chairman of Kings Hill Cricket Club and the driving force behind the sport in the village, who died earlier this year.

One of the original founders of the club in 2006, Brian played a major role in its growth and the development of its ground and pavilion, which have become a focal point for the local community.

Brian passed away in April. He was 56. He left a wife, Valerie, and three children, Stephen, Christopher and Katharine.

Brian had an interest in cricket from his school days, however it wasn’t until the summer of 2000 that Brian set up his own team which he started as a PR exercise. It was from these humble beginnings that Brian decided that a team for Kings Hill was required.

A day of sport in Brian’s memory, including the unveiling of a new bench dedicated to his memory and donated by Liberty Property Trust UK, the developer of Kings Hill, takes place at Kings Hill Cricket Club from noon on Sunday, September 16.

With the Paralympics at the forefront of many people’s minds, the day will get underway at midday with demonstration games with players from the Kent Visually Impaired Cricket Club, and a challenge match with teams from Kings Hill Primary School and Discovery School competing for the Liberty Trophy.

The memorial bench will be unveiled at 12.45pm, by Paul Rossiter, President of Kings Hill Cricket Club, followed at 1pm by a match between Kings Hill Cricket Club and local opposition.

Kent Cricket Board will also be holding Easy Cricket and Banner Zone games and demonstrations on the day. These are cricket-based games but played with a soft ball, ideal for people looking to try out the sport for the first time.

“We are delighted to be supporting this very special occasion,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK. “The cricket club is at the heart of the community at Kings Hill with the pavilion hosting many events.

“It is no exaggeration to say that without Brian’s drive and vision, the club would not be the success it is today.

“It was a very sad day for the club and the village as a whole when we lost Brian, but we intend this memorial match to be a joyful celebration of his magnificent contribution to life at Kings Hill.”

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