Thomas Roe, a local cricket star who was sponsored by Chevin Fleet Solutions, was part of England’s indoor cricket team who brought home its first ever trophy from a tournament held in Dubai.
Thomas Roe, vice-captain of the 13-man squad, played alongside team members to win the World Cup’s plate, after beating India in the final. The overall competition was won by Australia.
After a sticky start in which they narrowly lost three matches, the English team finished the tournament strongly.
Speaking on the tournament, Roe said:
“At one point it looked as if we would come up with nothing after we lost our first three matches by a total of just ten runs. We finished seventh out of nine teams in the original tournament and were very disappointed, but four teams then competed for the plate.
“We started by beating Singapore and then a strong UAE team who had been playing well and, finally, India. The Indians had between 80 and 100 fans supporting them among 200 watching and I have never played in front of such a large and raucous crowd. It was very nerve-wracking.
“Nevertheless, we chased down their total with two balls to spare.”
The Duffield Cricket Club player is from Belper and said he was surprised by the levels of professionalism at the World Cup, explaining that the team was also coached by a sports psychologist who gave real insight on how the team should handle their opponents.
“It was well out of my comfort zone and a real eye-opener, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Playing in The World Cup was an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime achievement.
“Without Chevin Fleet’s support I would not have been able to go. I was massively appreciative that a local company should give me this help.
“I hope that winning the plate is a reward for the Company and, in particular, to Managing Director Ashley Sowerby who has shown such faith in me.”