Chevin Sponsors Belper-based Cricket Star selected for Indoor World Cup
Chevin is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Thomas Roe who has been selected to play for England in the forthcoming indoor cricket World Cup in Dubai.
Belper-based Thomas is vice-captain of a 13-man squad which will be up against big guns Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India and Sri Lanka as well as teams from Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Wales.
Indoor cricket is very much a Cinderella sport in the UK by comparison to the outdoor game, but Thomas hopes that a good showing from England during the World Cup will heighten its profile. He said:
“The Australians and New Zealanders have a lot of emphasis on it – their cricket boards pay for kits, travel and umpires. Here the game is not funded which is why my sponsorship from Chevin is so important. Without sponsorship, I would have struggled to go. This is a chance to represent the country which is a great honour. And, of course, getting to travel Dubai adds to the excitement.”
Thomas plays for Derby Cobras in the English indoor league and captains Duffield in the outdoor game.
Indoor cricket teams are made up of eight players who all bat and bowl during the 16-over innings. Thomas started playing this version of the sport a decade ago when he was 16. He said:
“I was with Belper Cricket Club at the time and wanted keep myself in touch by playing all year round. It is a very exciting, aggressive brand of cricket but very different to the outdoor game.”
Thomas came to the attention of the England selectors after fine performances for Derby Cobras who came second in the national league. Now he cannot wait for September’s World Cup in Dubai which is also hosting tournaments for women and under-21s events for men and women.
It is the pinnacle of Thomas’s cricketing life which began very early. He said:
“My mum told me I picked up cricket bat before I could walk and during my childhood I broke all her collection of Royal Crown Derby. I started playing with Belper when I as eight years old and also played with my dad at Kirk Langley.
“Going to the World Cup is a big deal for me. It is a great achievement – we have a very talented team. I am very grateful to Chevin and its mangling director Ashley Sowerby for being so supportive.”
Chevin managing director, Ashley Sowerby, said:
“We are proud that Chevin has developed into a highly successful global company but we never forget our roots in Belper. Therefore, we are very proud to sponsor a local cricketer who is also making his mark on the world stage. We wish Thomas the very best for the World Cup in Dubai.”