THE Samantha Dickson Research Trust has raised £10,000 from its third celebrity cricket match.

More than 300 people watched Kent and England cricketer Alan Igglesden, Major Ron Ferguson and a host of ex-county cricketers help the charity side beat Dogmersfield Cricket Club by 70 runs.

Neil and Angela Dickson set up the Dogmersfield-based charity in memory of their daughter Samantha, who died of a malignant brain tumour in 1996 — a week before her 17th birthday.

The funds raised at the cricket match have brought the total raised by the charity to more than £1.5million.

This was the second year Alan Igglesden, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour three years ago, has played for the charity.

"I am amazed at how much Neil and Angela have raised in such a short space of time," he said.

"The charity is a great success and is starting to make a big difference in the world of brain tumour research."

Trust chairman Neil Dickson said: "It was a very enjoyable day and we are pleased that it marked an important milestone in the charity's development.

"We are now the largest single funder of laboratory-based brain tumour research in the UK and we are indebted to the support of the local community in helping us to achieve this."