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Run Free raise funds in cricket match

RUN Free took to the cricket field to the first time ever to raise funds for SECE Mind this afternoon.

The match was won by Southend & EMT at Southchurch Park.

But Run Free’s Chris Phillips was pleased to see the enjoyable encounter make £350 for Mind.

“It was great fun and it was brilliant to see everyone enjoying it,” said Phillips.

“Quite a lot of our team hadn’t played cricket before and I’m sure many of them were out of their comfort zone.

“But you would never have known and everyone got involved.

“It was brilliant to see so many smiles and hear so much laughter and we’re definitely building something really good here.”

Southend batted first and scored 192/3 with J Mohan top scoring with 51 before he retired.

In reply, Run Free fell nine runs short with former Blues manager Steve Tilson top scoring with 50 before he also retired.

Ryan Creasey added 38 and Jack Paterson 37 while Louis Campbell was the pick of Southend’s bowlers as he took six wickets for 26 runs.

But raising awareness was the most important part of the day.

“It was brilliant to see so many people involved and it will have helped to spread the word about Run Free too,” said Phillips.

“A lot of hard work went into the game and we have to say a massive thank you to Sarah Franklin, Scott Elliott, Victoria Polley, Mike Paterson, Paul Franklin, Luan Marshall and everyone at Southend & EMT.

“Here’s to a rematch next year!”

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