WARRINGTON cricketer Rob Jones has successfully completed a 418km bike ride from London to Paris in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust (PCT).

Worcestershire’s new signing from Lancashire began the ride at the Kia Oval and three days later celebrated with a well deserved pint and a cigar after pedalling down the Champ Elysees.

Jones, who recently signed a three year contract at New Road, said it was the toughest of the three events to raise funds for the PCT he had participated in, after previously cycling from Headingly to Lord’s and undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge.

He has so far raised nearly £900 towards a target of £1,600 for the Trust which was created to support the life-long health and wellbeing of past and present cricketers and their immediate families.

Jones, 27, said: “The legs are a bit sore but I feel alright. I had a good sleep after coming back on the Eurostar, took the dogs out for a walk and then was as right as rain.

“We had a great event, we had a brilliant group and it was pretty awesome riding up to the Arc de Triomphe and doing what the Tour De France riders do.

“This has been the toughest of the three because there was quite a lot of elevation involved, especially on the first day when there was 1,500 metres of climbing.

“There were a  couple of dark moments in there where you’ve just got to get your head down and just do it.

“There were a couple of times on day two when we’re riding on this really flat road and it just felt like it was never ending.

"The best bit for me was on day one, going through the English villages, but the Palace of Versailles which we rode through was awesome. That was a real cool place.”

Jones added: “What was the first thing I did at the end? I had a pint and a cigar!"

Jones, who is from Stockton Heath and is a former pupil at Bridgewater High School, signed for Lancashire in 2016 after being capped for England at under 19 level. 

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