Bexley CC’s White shortlisted for Hardys Heartbeat of the Club award

PUBLISHED: 14:00 20 September 2018

Bexley Cricket Club scorer Fred White (pic: Bexley CC).

Bexley Cricket Club scorer Fred White (pic: Bexley CC).


The 80-year-old, who has scored more than 300 games, earned praise from England cricketer Stuart Broad

Bexley Cricket Club hero, Fred White, has been shortlisted in a nationwide competition, run by the official wine of England Cricket, Hardys Wine, to find the unsung heroes of grassroots cricket.

The Hardys Heartbeat of the Club received hundreds of nominations from club cricketers across the UK and submissions were whittled down by a panel of experts, including England star Stuart Broad, to a final XI who are in the running to be crowned ‘Hardys Heartbeat of Club Cricket 2018’.

White was nominated for his commitment to Bexley CC. He’s scored at more than 300 games, and completed nearly 200 consecutive games.

He has been scoring at the club for 10 years and is a hugely respected individual as well as an outstanding volunteer.

“I’ve been scoring for 40 years with local clubs, and the last 10 years I have spent with Bexley CC,” White said.

“Thank you to the local community and Bexley CC for coming to watch me scoring. This is my 10th year at Bexley, and possibly my last year as I’m now 80 years of age.”

England cricketer and Hardys Wine ambassador, Stuart Broad, said: “As someone who grew up playing cricket at my local club, I understand the importance of those who give their time to keep their club running.

“It’s great that Hardys Wine are looking to reward the heartbeats of UK club cricket and I’m delighted to support this campaign.

“Congratulations to Fred White for being shortlisted and I wish him every luck in the public vote.”

You can find out more about each of the Final XI nominees by clicking here where you can also vote for your favourite.

The Hardys Heartbeat of the Club 2018 will win a fully stocked Hardys Pavilion - the mobile wine bar which attends every England international - for their club’s end of season party, complete with an England cricket legend to join in with the festivities.

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