University cricket club ‘bowled over’ by the generosity of alumni

Chris (L), Tom (Centre) and Alan (R) in front of the new scoreboard.

Chris (L), Tom (Centre) and Alan (R) in front of the new scoreboard.

On a sunny day in May, alumni and longtime cricket supporter Alan Budge (1974, Industrial Economics) and his teammates Tom Hillmann (1972, Law) and Chris Yemm (1973, Law) joined Nottingham men's 1st cricket team to officially unveil a new scoreboard that was only made possible thanks to their generous donations.

It’s been more than 50 years since Alan, Tom and Chris graduated from the university, but their love of Nottingham and cricket has remained strong throughout this time.

“Cricket is a funny thing because, although you’re an individual you’re a team,” Alan reminisced. “You keep in touch. I knew the guys I played with better than any of the other people I was with. It becomes your family.”

The scoreboard has been given pride of place on the clubhouse, visible from the pitch and beyond.

“It’s essential that the scoreboard communicates what the state of play is. Not only for the teams, but also for the spectators and anyone who’s here,” said Alan. “The university has good grounds and good players, so the facilities need to be as good as they can. It’s a state-of-the-art scoreboard. It’s what’s needed to complete things and give the players the best opportunity to excel.”

Alan, Tom and Chris watched the men’s team play against long-standing rivals Loughborough and chatted with the current men’s team during their visit back to the university.

Cricket is a funny thing because, although you’re an individual you’re a team.
Alan Budge

Max and Cassie, current Nottingham cricketers share their thoughts on the new scoreboard

Max Cooper, men’s president said: “The scoreboard makes a huge difference to the boys. Just looking at it makes us look like a real, professional outfit. It makes us excited to score runs.”

Cassie Mawby, women’s cricket social secretary said: “As a batter, it’s really good to have the scoreboard: being able to count your runs and be aware of the situation. In the last few years, you’re out there and you have absolutely no clue how many runs you’re on or what’s going on. You’re just winging it! The last couple of games have been better. We’ve just been having loads of fun.”

Alumni and cricket donor Alan Budge with student cricketers Max, Cassie and Georgia

Thank you to Alan, Tom and Chris for making the visit to campus. Special thanks also go to their fellow alumni and cricketers Gordon, Mike, Ian, Steve and Deryck, who were were unable to attend the day but still celebrate cricket's achievements from afar. The university is grateful for generous support from you all. 

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