Essex Cricket Club's heroic First team, minus of Alistair Cook who is on duty for England in India, making their annual visit to the Children's ward at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, on Tuesday, December 11, 2012.
The Christmas cracker was organised by Rhys Ellingham, marketing assistant, with Essex Cricket, who said: "It's a great opportunity for the boys to bring some festive cheer to young people at our local hospital, we do this every year. Sadly Alastair could not be with us as he is somewhere a lot more warmer."
The players chatted to young patients and their parents as they handed out Essex Cricket Club goodies such as bouncy cricket balls and plastic drinking flasks, bearing the club's Essex county motiff.
Pictures show: Hannah Courtnell, 19, an apprentice strength and conditioning coach for the Essex First Team squad, and also an off-spinner with the Essex CC Women's First Team, with three week old Leyland Wood, and his mother Katrina, of Chelmsford.
Essex all-rounders Tim Phillips and Greg Smith, giving gifts to Olivia Bowyer, aged two, and her mum Debbie, of Finchingfield.
Essex fast bowler Maurice Chambers presenting Lucy Jessup, 15, of Danbury, with a plastic drinking mug bearing the Essex Cricket Club motiff.
Essex fast bowlers Tymal Mills and Reece Topley sharing some Christmas cheer when they chatted with Ava Saville, aged six, and her parents Sam and Emma, of Great Baddow.
Ava appreciated the presents, said mum, but was more interested in ice skating than cricket!
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