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Cricket cup renamed after BBC presenter

1 Aug

Colin Bloomfield

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Colin Bloomfield, who died aged 33, was known for his radio coverage of Derby County

Legendary Derby County footballers are remembering BBC presenter Colin Bloomfield as they compete in a charity cricket game.

The squad is competing against Spondon Cricket Club for the Colin Bloomfield Charity Cricket Cup.

The annual match has been renamed after the BBC Radio Derby broadcaster, who died from skin cancer in April 2015.

Neil Bennett, one of the organisers, knew Mr Bloomfield through previous fundraising.

“When I first started my charity work, Colin was the first person who interviewed me and he made me so calm, he was such a gentleman,” said Mr Bennett.

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Roger Davies, shown right carrying the First Division League Championship trophy in 1975, is among those donning cricket whites for the charity match

The presenter set up the eponymous Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal shortly before he died, aged 33.

The annual cricket match, now in its sixth year, raised money for this appeal last year, although fundraising has now closed.

Money raised from this year’s event will instead be donated to Derby County Community Trust and Holbrook School for Autism.

Rams chief executive Sam Rush is being joined by former players including Roger Davies, Michael Johnson, Kevin Hector, Craig Ramage, Mark Stallard and Jason Kavanagh in the match, which began at 14:00 BST.

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Kevin Hector, shown here with his daughters in 1973, is also competing in the match

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