Media XI face Ipswich Witches XI in Kim Jansson benefit match

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Leigh Lanham is congtratulated by Pete Simmons fo

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Leigh Lanham is congtratulated by Pete Simmons for bowling out Mike Bacon. Picture Stephenwaller.com - Credit: Archant

Kim Jansson returned to Suffolk on Wednesday night for the annual cricket match in his honour, between a Witches XI and a Media XI at Chantry Park, home of Ipswich and East Suffolk Cricket Club.

Kim Jansson Charity Golf Day. Rushmere Golf Club 7th September 2012 Kim with girlfriend Svea Gahne.

Kim Jansson Charity Golf Day. Rushmere Golf Club 7th September 2012 Kim with girlfriend Svea Gahne. Picture: Steve Waller - Credit: Archant

The former Ipswich Speedway ace who was paralysed in a track crash five years ago was in his usual good form chatting to the hundreds who had gathered to see their speedway heroes take on a media XI made up mainly of sports and editorial journalists at Archant Suffolk.

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Both teams with Kim Jansson. Picture Stephenwalle

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Both teams with Kim Jansson. Picture Stephenwaller.com - Credit: Archant

Sadly, many of the Witches were either riding or unavailable, so were not out in the usual force they usually are in this annual fixture.

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Jeremy Doncaster. Picture Stephenwaller.com

Kim Jansson Charity Cricket Match 26th June 2013 Jeremy Doncaster. Picture Stephenwaller.com - Credit: Archant

But it mattered not, as Witches team manager Pete Simmons and captain Leigh Lanham led their side to a narrow three-wicket win as the gloom descended over Chantry Park.

Earlier the media team had posted a score of 118 in their 20 overs.


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It never looked enough and when the Witches came out to bat, it was Lanham who led from the front and produced some fine shots.

But it was always nip and tuck with some tight media bowling, especially from Alex Berry, son of former Witches promoter, the late John Berry.

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Alex is playing for IES this summer.

It all went down to the final over however and the Witches XI got the six runs they needed and now lead the series 3-1, with one match tied.

More than £600 was raised for Kim on the night – a fantastic effort ahead of Kim’s Charity golf day in September later this year.

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