Alastair Cook dedicates England win to former Maldon team mate David Randall
ESSEX and England batsman Alastair Cook has dedicated England’s Test victory over the West Indies to a former Maldon team mate who is terminally ill.
Cook, who made 79 in England’s second innings as they defeated the West Indies by five wickets at Lord’s on Monday, dedicated the win to David Randall, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer a year ago.
Randall, who is 27, grew up playing alongside Cook at Maldon and his Essex and England colleague Ravi Bopara for both the Essex and South of England representative sides between the under-10 and under-16 age groups.
Cook, who got tickets for Randall to attend the first day of the Test match, told ecb.co.uk he wished to dedicate the win to “a guy who I played cricket with at Maldon Cricket Club and Essex Under-14s - indeed all the age groups on the way up - a bloke called Dave Randall, who unfortunately is not very well.
“He was the outstanding cricketer of our age group really so it is tough to see someone go through that, so Dave that is for you.”
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Randall, who is believed to have received a boost after listening to the interview, joined Maldon as a six-year-old and broke into the club’s first team at the age of 14. He played in the East Anglian Premier League a year later.
Since he was diagnosed with bowel cancer he has undergone surgery and chemotherapy, but is now terminally ill.
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A fund-raising day - Rock Up for Randall - was staged at Maldon Cricket Club’s Drapers Farm ground last August and raised more than �7,000 in aid of McMillan Nurses.
The day featured a match between an Arkle XI, so-called after David’s nickname copied from Ex-England batsman Derek Randall, and a Maldon CC XI.