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Diyon De Silva

Sussex Cricket Foundation extends partnership with Ned’s Fund

30 Jan 2024

The Sussex Cricket Foundation is delighted to that it has extended its partnership with Ned’s Fund for a further two years. 

The two organisations initially teamed up back in March 2023 to provide financial support to Diyon De Silva, a young promising local cricketer who has excelled in the Sussex Cricket Pathway.

Ned's Fund* is devoted to supporting charities which give young people a chance to do something entirely new; to discover more about themselves and set a clear way of seeing their true potential.

Having previously contributed £2,400 to the Sussex Cricket Foundation’s Champions Fund in March 2023, Ned’s Fund has now committed to a further £4,800, which will once again go to supporting Diyon as he continues to progress through the Sussex Cricket Pathway.

The Champion’s Fund was created to support talented young cricketers in our boys, girls and disability cricket pathways, to help break down financial barriers associated to the game and help talented players fulfil their potential.

Since its launch back in 2021, the Champion’s Fund has provided over £13,000 of financial support to 16 players in the Pathway.  

To find out what a difference the Champion’s Fund has made to Diyon, we spoke to him after training at the Indoor School at The 1st Central County Ground. 


Gary Wallis-Tayler, Community Cricket Director, said: “I am delighted to have extended our partnership with Ned’s Fund, to help support Diyon’s development as a cricketer. 

“Diyon continues to grow as a cricketer and with support from Ned’s Fund, we hope it helps fulfil his ambitions in the game.”

Jo Marsden, Founder of Ned’s Fund, added: “It was really good to see Diyon just loving his cricket and seeing how our support has developed him as a player.  

“It's a real pleasure to be involved in the partnership with the Sussex Cricket Foundation and I very much look forward to watching Diyon play this summer.”

If anyone is interested in learning more about our Champions Fund or wishes to donate to the fund, please contact Community Cricket Director, Gary Wallis-Tayler on or visit 

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