CRICKETERS from two rival clubs have raised over £1,000 for a former teammate who has been told by doctors he has an inoperable brain tumour.

Andrew Hughes, 55, who was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer in July this year has been supported by Macmillan Cancer Support.

And after hearing his old clubs had raised £1,115, the father-of-three from Westhoughton decided to donate the entire proceeds to the charity.

Andrew played at Westhoughton CC and later coached at Daisy Hill CC after he moved house and earlier this year both clubs staged a charity match at Westhoughton’s Cappadocia Way home. Andrew, who worked as a forklift truck operative and is a grandfather, received a Macmillan grant to buy a spare bed so family can visit him and help support him through the illness.

“Macmillan have been wonderful. It’s just so comforting to know that they are looking out for people in my position,” said Andrew.

“I was so touched and honoured when I realised the two clubs were putting on a match for me.

"Cricket has always played a big part in my life. It’s such a great sport for getting kids outside and giving them something they can take through their life with them.

“They’re all brilliant. I couldn’t ask for a better set of lads on both sides. They wanted to raise the money for me, but as soon as they said it I decided the money had to go to Macmillan for all they do for people in my position.”

Andrew has undergone treatment at several hospitals.

Keith Houghton, from Westhoughton CC, said: “As soon as we heard about Andrew’s situation, we just wanted to do something to help and to let him know how highly regarded he is.

“Our two clubs have always had a friendly rivalry and are very local to one another, so it was very special to be able to come together to do this for a man who has put so much into both clubs as a coach and a player.”

John Rullo, Macmillan fundraising manager, added: “The kindness of these players and their level of support for Andrew is wonderful.”