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Day to honour Liam Curry back on after intervention by cricket bosses

Marsden Cricket Club captain Callum Amess  with Chris Joyce who is sponsoring the Chloe and Liam Cricket Day. Picture by FRANK REID
Marsden Cricket Club captain Callum Amess with Chris Joyce who is sponsoring the Chloe and Liam Cricket Day. Picture by FRANK REID

Cricket league chiefs have bowled a grieving family over by altering their fixture list to accommodate a memorial match.

Marsden Cricket Club had been due to hold a special event to celebrate Liam Curry’s life and cricket talents on September 2.

Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford

Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford

But they were forced to cancel the event after the date was chosen to hold games that should have been played on July 7 - but re-scheduled because of England’s football World Cup quarter-final.

The move left Liam’s mam Caroline devastated.

Liam, 19, alongside his girlfriend Chloe Rutherford, 17, were killed in the Manchester Arena Bomb attack, last May.

But, after the Durham Cricket League was made aware of what had been planned it has - in an unprecedented move - changed the date of games in all four divisions to Bank Holiday Monday to enable the day to go ahead on September 2.

Caroline said: “I can’t thank the league enough for what they have done. I really felt I had let Liam down when we had to cancel the day. “It means so much as it is the first event dedicated to something Liam was so passionate about and now it can go ahead.”

The day will feature two Twenty 20 games - a Durham XI taking on Liam’s Legends, led by Liam’s best friend Callum Amess, and a League XI versus Marsden first team.

Alan Stewart, assistant secretary of Durham Cricket League said: “When we set the date initially for the rescheduled games, we had not realised just how big the event at Marsden was going to be.

“When we realised there was a league 11 side playing and there would have been quite a number of club players involved in that day we took the decision to move the rescheduled games to the Bank Holiday Monday, to enable the day to go ahead at Marsden.”

He added: “What happened to Liam and Chloe was a tragedy and we have tried to be as supportive as we can.

“The Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust were also very good to us by sponsoring our player of the league trophy. It was nice to have been able to reciprocate.

The Woodman’s Arms Cricket Day is being sponsored by local publican Chris Joyce.

The event takes place at Marsden Cricket Club and starts at 10am on September 2