Cricket Net for a Courageous Schoolboy is filmed by BBC South
11-year old Kearan Tongue-Gibbs had a one-on-one lesson with the Aussie leg-break bowler at The Ageas Bowl, Hampshire Cricket Club on Friday 27 April.
Kearan, despite being born with no hands or forearms, is a talented all-rounder who plays for the Somerset Disabled Cricket Club; he grips the ball in the fold of his arm before bowling with tremendous accuracy.
At last summer’s Flannels for Heroes Hugh Grant offered the top auction prize of a net with Shane Warne.
The lot generated £28K and Harry Hodge, founder of Quicksilver Europe, was the lucky recipient. Kearan was invited to take part in the unusual net-session courtesy of Harry’s fiancée, Louise Wallace who was so moved by a news story on him that she invited him to come and join in.
During his post-net interview Kearan was asked what it was like to have a net with Shane Warne. He replied “ This is the best day of my life!”.
Hugh Grant followed developments with interest and sent the following message from America yesterday; “I thanked Shane and in his reply he said ‘Kearan was amazing’…”.
Harry Hodge was clearly touched by the event, and said “This is one of those things that worked out far beyond expectations. And sure beats another signed cricket bat for my wall at home!”
Warne is regarded as the finest leg spin bowler in the history of cricket and took 708 Test wickets for his country.
We are grateful to the HCC who kindly hosted the net session. It was filmed by BBC South.
Flannels for Heroes thanks Hugh, Harry and Shane for their generosity and support.
The Auction Prize page is open for submissions of auction prizes in 2012. However big or small, we have a place for it, and it could raise valuable money for the Heroes.