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Droylsden cricketers set to tackle three peaks challenge in 24 hours
Friday 4th August 2017 @ 09:02 by Mark Phillip

Droylsden CC have had a good season on the cricketing field to date with hopes of promotion to Division 1 of the GMCL still very much alive for the first time. However, attention will turn away from the cricketing field at the end of August and towards the mountains.

Four Droylsden cricketers are set to swap their cricket spikes and whites for walking boots and thermals as they look to tackle the famous three peaks challenge in as close to 24 hours as possible. First teamer Alessandro Cicchirillo, along with Australian amateurs Greg Shirley and Nathan Nistico and second team captain Jacob Graham, are climbing the three biggest mountains which Britain has to offer, one after another in aid of mental health charity, Mind.

On August 22nd, the four Droylsden CC cricketers will set off to Ben Nevis, Scotland before scaling the 1,345 metres and coming down again. Next up for the quad will be Scafell Pike in the Lake District, England, this climb just being the 975 metres. The final obstacle will be Snowdon in Wales, only the 1,085 metres to climb to finish the staggering challenge. The views will be slightly different as their Oakfield ground, that is for sure.

This challenge for the Australian duo of Shirley and Nistico will be towards the end of their time here as they are set to return home after travelling Europe in October. The pair will be hoping they can transfer their cricketing skills to the mountains of the UK to succeed in their tough challenge.

As well as the 11,000 feet climbing and the same again down, the boys will travel nearly 950 miles via car to take on the challenge. The timer starts at the bottom of Ben Nevis with it finishing when reaching the peak of Snowdon. None of the four have much climbing experience but are up for the challenge in the name of charity. The two Mancunians and two Australians hope to complete the challenge in as close to 24 hours as possible and want to raise a total of £500 or even more for Mind in doing so.

You can donate to the Droylsden players’ challenge by visting

By Jacob Graham