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Former Stourbridge cricketer swims the channel
5:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A FORMER Stourbridge cricketer dodged big ships and jelly fish and braved chilly sea temperatures to swim across the English channel.
Tom Mees, aged 32, and his girlfriend Emma Lawson and former Glamorgan cricket star Adam Shantry took it in turns to make the 21-mile swim from Dover in Kent to Calais, France.
Tom, who began his cricketing career with Stourbridge Cricket Club, took on the daunting challenge to raise funds for the Tom Maynard Trust - set up in memory of the promising cricketing star, who was hit by a train in June 2012.
The trio, who swam relay-style for an hour at a time, managed to complete their aquatic adventure in 13 hours 52 minutes - finishing the feat in pitch black.
Together have raised more than £5,000 for the charity, which aims to remember Surrey batsman Maynard, Shantry’s former team-mate, by offering finanicial and other support to aspiring disadvantaged cricketers.
Tom’s proud dad Mark Mees said he was delighted but “flabbergasted” to hear his son, a former King Edward VI College student, and the team had completed the daring charity challenge.
He added: “They’re not really swimmers. They’re all very fit sports people but it’s a big thing to swim in the sea like that.”
Fast bowler Tom, who grew up in Lawnswood Drive, Wordsley, left the Black Country at 18 to study at Oxford Brookes University where he was selected to play for the University of Oxford cricket team.
He later enjoyed a stint playing for Warwickshire.
These days he plays club cricket in Cambridgeshire and works as a charterted surveyor in London.
Anyone wishing to boost the team’s fundraising further can still make a donation online at www.justgiving.com/swimmingthechannelfortom
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