Halstead Cricket Club hosts celebrate annual beer festival

ALE and cricket fans were treated to a weekend of fun as a cricket club staged their annual beer festival.

The weekend marked the 14th annual Halstead Cricket Club Beer Festival.

The event, which returned last year after a Covid postponement, saw visitors try a host of beers while Halstead’s Cricket Club put on a show.

It was also an opportunity for the club to raise money for charity with over £900 raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

The charity was chosen by the family of Lloyd Rayner, a cricket club legend who died in 2019, with a T20 match in Lloyd’s honor for the weekend.

It was also a good day of cricket for the club, with the first team winning their league title on Saturday in an away game.

The players came to the festival to celebrate their victory.

The second and third teams also won at home, with the T20 side winning the North Essex Cricket League T20 Cup on Sunday.

The club thanked those who helped with the preparations for the festival and kept it going throughout the weekend.

The organizers worked tirelessly to find beers, operate the barbecue, operate the bar, collect glasses and set up the marquee.

Club captain Ed Clark said: “Halstead bosses were treated to two home wins on Saturday with the 2nd and 3rd XIs putting in outstanding performances in front of a huge crowd.

“Sunday was no different and the team loved playing in front of so many people, young and old, and in front of a lively atmosphere.”