Cricketing alumni set for world stage

Wednesday, 08 April 2009


Could Cairns Fudge Cricket Club players become as big on the world stage this summer as the stars of England, Australia or the West Indies?

Could Cairns Fudge Cricket Club players become as big on the world stage this summer as the stars of England, Australia or the West Indies?

The Oxford Brookes alumni who formed the intriguingly named squad are being filmed for Sky Sports.

‘Club Life’ will be beamed across the world in breaks in play during July’s Ashes Series and the test matches between England and the West Indies earlier in the year in May.

A delighted CFCC co-founder Andy Small said: “This is an amazing opportunity for such a new and young club. Through Club Life we hope to showcase our competitive yet fun ‘give everyone a go’ style of cricket.”

Founded in 2004, CFCC is named after the fudge business set up by New Zealand cricketing icon Chris Cairns once he retired from the game.

The team came into being in a matter of minutes to provide decent opponents for Andy’s former club after the planned opposition cancelled at the last minute.

“We were meant to be playing for Holton CC and the game was called off. It was blazing sunshine so we thought we’d make a team up. We scraped a team together and nearly won,” says Andy.

“We are a young club in league cricket for the first time and, without blowing our own trumpet, we have quite a different story to tell.”

CFCC, largely made up of former Brookes students, has just started playing in Division 6 of the Oxfordshire Cricket Association (OCA).

They are seeking a permanent home as well as an umpire to represent them in the league.

Sky Sports are filming six episodes of Club Life with CFCC; one of three amateur clubs from around the UK starring in the series.

The first episode was shot in April. The film crew will also shoot at league and cup matches and at a special training session run by an ex-cricketing great.