There may be.plenty of bad news around wherever Covid-19 is around. However it was particularly heartwarming to discover the captain of one of our clubs received a unique honour as part of the current ‘raise the bat’ initiative for NHS staff.
This new drive has been adopted by the ECB during the current test series against the West Indies, with an individual NHS key worker’s name proudly adorning the training kit of the England Team.
Matthew Rammell, Denby Dale 1XI captain has been chosen for recognition. He is a front line NHS ventilation physiotherapist and played a key role in supporting his Trust throughout the Covid-19 crisis and helped many who were unfortunate to be struck down by the disease and require help in rehabilitation. His name is on the back of Chris Silverwoods training top for the entire test match.
You can read more about the initiative via the following link:
The ECB paid tribute to Matt:
England Head Coach Chris Silverwood will wear the name of another local hero in Matthew Rammell, a respiratory physiotherapist at a hospital in West Yorkshire. Rammell is captain of Denby Dale Cricket Club, but his work during the COVID-19 pandemic has seen him undertaking long hours on the frontline. This hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for the cricket club, however, as he has ensured the committee has kept functioning during the lockdown and stayed at the forefront of the club’s return-to-cricket plan.
On behalf of the League, well done Matt on a fantastic honour for your dedication.