IT WAS England v Wales for the 'Cider Cup' of pool at the Sports Lounge in Oswestry at the weekend.

The town's top pool players were competing for the unique trophy in support of Mind, the mental health charity, organised by England skipper Kevin Drury and Wales captain John Baughn.

Kevin said: "It started last year as a charity fundraiser and we named it the Cider Cup after the Ryder Cup in golf.

"This year John chose the charity Mind because one of the lads who played here, Craig Rowe, killed himself and he wanted to support that.

"We've had donations, a golf day, a signed Maradona shirt up for auction and a raffle and it's all going to the charity. We've already raised more than £1,000 this year."

Craig, 28, grew up in Ellesmere and went to the Lakelands Secondary School where he became deputy head boy.

He was a keen pool player and friends arranged a 24-hour pool marathon in his memory at the Ex-Serviceman's Club in Oswestry in July.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. The charity campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.