[lastfm]Coldplay[/lastfm] have just become the new sponsor for a village cricket team in the Cotswolds region of England. The players from Slaughters United, who compete in the Gloucestershire County Cricket League Fourth Division, regularly showcase the band’s name across their chests while they play.
The club’s secretary, Paul Heming, had written bass player [lastfm]Guy Berryman [/lastfm]a letter, asking him if Coldplay would be willing to sponsor their team. Berryman and the other bandmembers were delighted to offer their support along with a check for £750 ($1,100).
The band previously sponsored a rugby team for the Stow School in Buckingham, England.
Frontman [lastfm]Chris Martin [/lastfm]is a cricket fan himself, and has been seen playing the game at the Great Rissington, one of Slaughters’ playing facilities.
“A local umpire recalls having a chat with Chris Martin after one game and asking what he did for a living,” Heming told the Independent. “He said, ‘I’m in this band called Coldplay. We’ve just made our first album and we think it might do quite well.’ And everyone at the bar went, ‘Yeah yeah.'”