Cricketers bowl over judges to win £10,000 kitchen

HOW'S THAT? Members of Slaughters United ladies' team bowled over competition judges to win a new £10,000 kitchen for their clubhouse.

WINNERS: Members of Slaughters United ladies' team bowled over competition judges to win a new £10,000 kitchen for their clubhouse.

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A cricket team from the Cotswolds was bowled over to win a sparkling new £10,000 kitchen for their club after showcasing their match-day teas in a cookery competition.

Members of Slaughters United ladies' team showed off their culinary skills against others from across the country in a competition organised by Yorkshire Tea.

The annual competition recognises the tastiest cricket teas in Britain and this year saw a record number of entries.

The ladies from Slaughters United faced stiff competition in the final from Springhill Cricket Club in Wolverhampton, but wowed the judges with their cheese ploughman’s lunch and summer fruits tart.

And in recognition of their success, they were awarded £10,000 for a new kitchen that has now been installed at the Slaughters United pavilion in Lower Slaughter.

Teams had just 20 minutes - the duration of a traditional cricket tea break - to prepare their dishes, which were judged by a panel including celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.

Jo Shaw, a member of Slaughters United Cricket Club and a team finalist said: “It was nerve-racking but exciting to cook in front of Rosemary and Michael and we couldn’t be happier that we won the challenge.

"The new kitchen will be great for the club and we are hoping to use it for functions too which will be a great addition to the community.”

Slaughters United has also won the opportunity of a lifetime to host and compete in a match against legends from the PCA masters, a team from the Professional Cricketers Association, made up of county and international cricket stars.

This will be taking place on Sunday, August 31 and entry tickets cost £10 for adults in advance or £15 on the gate.

Kevin Sinfield, marketing manager at Yorkshire Tea, said: “Slaughters United fought a great battle to be crowned worthy winners of the Great Cricket Tea Challenge, so we hope they put their new kitchen to good use during their game against the PCA masters.”

For more details about the match or to buy tickets, visit slaughtersutd.play-cricket.com.

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