Oil industry cricketers raise £2,000+ for charity in Aberdeen

Sport enthusiasts from the oil industry have help raise more than £2,000 for good causes thanks to a charity cricket match in Aberdeen.

The new event was organised by keen cricketers representing BP, Centrica Energy and Varel International. It took place at the University of Aberdeen’s Kings College ground and saw a team of Drillers take on a band of Geoscientists to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and the RNLI.

Cancer Research UK logoParticipants from as far afield as India, Scotland, England, New Zealand, Trinidad, South Africa and Ireland ensured an international flavour to the day, with teams broadly divided between drilling and geology personnel from across several oil and oil service companies.

Despite mixed weather which included some heavy showers, the 30 over per side game proceeded to an exciting finish. The Geologists made a competitive 118 all out after team captain Elia Gubbala from BP decided to bat first after winning the toss. The Drillers then made the required 119 runs for four wickets in the 29 overs with three balls to spare.

RNLI Christmas CardCommenting on the success of the event, Drillers’ captain and event co-organiser Jason Marchant, of Varel International, said:

“It was a very tight finish with nice, evenly matched teams.

“We are delighted with the support this event received from everyone involved, and we hope that we will be able to repeat it again next year.”

A spokesperson for Cancer Research UK said:

“I was so pleased to hear about the recent fundraising. It’s fantastic that participants decided to support our work, especially at such an exciting time. We are currently funding over half of all the UK’s research into cancer, driving progress against all forms of the disease.”


Pictured (l) is the RNLI Christmas card for this year. Information at RNLI

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