Players at Dumfries Cricket Club’s match at Nunholm on Saturday August 1 will be asked to donate an extra £1 for their mid-match tea this weekend for the DEC Nepal Earthquake Appeal as part of ‘Teas for Nepal’.
A spokesman from Dumfries Cricket Club said: “Nepal might be a long way from Nunholm but we were all horrified by the devastation the earthquake caused earlier this year.”
He added: “The Nepalese are very passionate about their cricket and their best national team matches can draw crowds of up to 15,000, and many follow their side online.
“So they will definitely be following the matches at Ayr this week and this distant support from Scottish Cricket will register with them.”
Matches across Scotland coincide with the arrival of the Nepalese cricket team on Monday to play the Scottish men’s national team in two ICC World Cricket League matches.
Joanna Lumley, who spearheaded the campaign for the Nepalese Gurkhas’ entitlement to UK citizenship, has praised the ‘golden-hearted’ cricket players of Scotland.
Sharing a Dumfries and Nunholm connection through her involvement with the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust for whom the club hosted a charity cricket match in 2012, the actress said: “I, as a daughter of Nepal by adoption and three-quarters Scottish by birth, shall be shouting myself hoarse from far away, uncaring about who wins but overwhelmed by these golden-hearted contests which will raise such a huge sum for those in greatest need.”
In addition to asking members and spectators to put a ‘pound in the teapot’ at the match this Saturday, Dumfries Cricket Club will also be selling raffle tickets to raise money for the appeal.