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Prisoners hit Worcester Police Cricket team for six

Team of prisoners left police side on a sticky wicket

A charity cricket match between police officers and prisoners concluded with a narrow victory for inmates.

The team of prisoners from HMP Hewell batted strong competition from Worcester Police Cricket team away, but the game has been hailed as a 'big win’ for everyone involved.

Both teams had set a combined target of 200 runs before the match to activate charitable donations.

The prisoners asked for any money raised to go to the Lord Cobham trust - to help pay for a youth cricket programme in Redditch aimed at diverting young people away from crime.

The game was held within the prison in perfect sunny conditions and both teams smashed their target.

The police side racked up 195 in 20 overs, but the prison team scored 196 with one wicket and nine balls remaining.

People associated with local cricket clubs who had been victims of crime were also present to discuss their specific individual experiences with the prisoners after the game.

West Mercia Deputy Police & Crime Commissioner Barrie Sheldon said: “It’s clear that sport is an excellent way of really making a difference in society, in a huge variety of different ways.

"The PCC has supported so many different sporting events and clubs across West Mercia, and although this specific event is slightly different by it’s very nature, it’s no different in terms of what it can help achieve regarding crime prevention and rehabilitation.”

“It is an excellent initiative, and we are very grateful to the prison, the Worcestershire Cricket Board, and of course the police officers who gave up their free time to make it happen."