THE Devon Cricket Board is launching a golf day as a potentially annual fund-raising event for youth cricket in the county.

The Board runs youth cricket from under-10s to under-17s for boys and girls, fielding scores of sides in age-group competitions every summer.

Cricket isn’t cheap to stage – especially when sides have to travel away for two-day games – so top-up funding is always welcome.

Golf day organisers are hoping to raise around £3,000 from the event – more if sponsors can be found.

Matt Cooke, one of the Cricket Board staff responsible for getting the golf day on said: “We are looking to find a title sponsor for the day and sponsors for individual holes and competitions.

“There are six spot prizes – nearest the pin, longest drive, best in two, that sort of thing – as well as a prize for the winners.

“The format will be a stableford, teams of four, two scores to count, playing off three-quarters handicap. Entry is £130 per team, to include bacon baps before teeing off.”

The baps are on the go from 8.30 am on golf day, which is Tuesday, May 1 at Downes, Crediton.

Tee times are between 9.30-11.30am, depending on how many teams enter.

“Ideally, we would like 30 teams taking part,” said Cooke.

“If the day goes well we will aim to make it into an annual event.”

A meal of the day will be available after the match.

To enter a team click here, or to sponsor an element of the day, email Alternatively, call the Devon cricket office on Exeter (01392) 262509.