A leading cancer charity has hailed the fundraising efforts of Twenty20 Cricket champions Middlesex.
Shaun Udal's side has raised over s45,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and visited the Fulham-based charity before flying out to Antigua for the Stanford Super Series.
According to Eve Smith, the charity's vice-chairman and herself a Middlesex member, the funds raised so far by the men from Lord's will help keep cutting edge research in this country.
"What Middlesex's s45,000 will do is to pay for one of our scientists for a year and that's a big deal to be able to fund somebody to come to the centre," she said. "We have to be realistic because the world of science is very competitive and there is big money to be made for top class scientists.
"So that is a very good example of how Middlesex are actually making sure we can capture and keep top people here."
The players toured the facility on Friday and met with scientists supported by the money they have raised over the last two seasons by sporting their now famous pink shirts.
Ms Smith added: We would never have had the exposure we have had in the sports pages of national newspapers without the Middlesex team's involvement.Nor would we have had the environment to talk about what breast cancer means to families and the men who are affected without this sort of male profile going on."