A NANTWICH cricketer is appealing to local businesses in a bid to catch the trip of a lifetime.
Teenager Ray Doyle, a right-handed opening batsman for Nantwich's Murray Smith Cheshire County League ECB Premier Division side, has been offered the chance to captain South African side Alberton on their youth tour to India in the autumn.
Dolye, who turns 18 next month, holds dual-nationality and has been asked to play for the South Johannesburg club from October.
One of the strongest provincial clubs in Gauteng, Alberton will play a series of matches in Delhi, Calcutta and Mumbai before returning home via Dubai.
But Doyle could be stumped by the touring costs.
Mum Sue explained: 'All Ray has ever wanted to do is become a professional cricketer. He just loves the game. This is the chance of a lifetime for him but his cricketing commitments make it hard for him to find part-time work as he plays at the weekends and has also been selected to play for Cheshire U19s, who have most of their games in the week.
'The tour will cost in the region of 17,000 rands, which is about £1,700, and any support he can get from sponsors would be hugely appreciated.'
Last summer, Doyle had trials with Derbyshire and represented them in second-team matches. He has just completed a diploma in sports science and management at Dane Bank College.
Anybody interested in sponsoring Ray can contact him via the Chronicle sportsdesk.