He’s won the Ashes, broken world records, and now he’s set to entertain crowds in Stamford’s biggest ever cricket match.
English cricket hero Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff will be joining a host of stars in the one-off Twenty20 spectacular at Stamford School.
The legend will play for the Professional Cricketers’ Association England Masters XI, who will take on a team of local players, the Dean Headley Invitation XI, on July 27.
Freddie, whose nickname steams from the Flintstones cartoons, made his international debut against South Africa in 1998 before going on to become a cricketing great, scoring more than 7,000 runs and taking 395 wickets in Test matches and One Day Internationals for England.
He is best remembered for being England’s ‘Man of the Series’ in their first Ashes series win over Australia for 18 years.
Since retiring from the game in 2010 due to persistent injury problems, Freddie has become the face of Morrisons supermarkets, broken 14 bizarre world records as part of a Sport Relief challenge earlier this year and has become a team captain on Sky’s comedy sports quiz A League of Their Own.
The teams are being assembled by former England bowler and Stamford School coach Dean Headley, who will captain local players in his Dean Headley Invitation XI.
Dean was delighted Freddie has agreed to lace up his bowling boots and dig out his bat for the big match.
He said: “Freddie is beyond a cricketer. He’s just one of those people the British public love. He’s an icon.
“The public fell in love with him during the best Test series of all time, the 2005 Ashes, and since retiring he’s made the transition into TV and entertainment and has become a larger than life personality.
“He still plays in a few games each year and always said he would play in the match if his filming schedule allowed him to.
“To get the call to say he can play was really really great.
“He still hits the ball hard and he’s a bit younger than me so I’m hoping he doesn’t whack me too far.
“Preparations for the match are going really well and there’s a hell of a team coming now.”
Freddie will be in a line up that includes the likes of David Lloyd aka Bumble, Dominic Cork, Devon Malcolm, Paul Nixon and Neil Fairbrother, who will take on local cricketers, who are currently being chosen from clubs in the area.
The day will also feature a number of children’s activities, including a Kwik Cricket competition, plus beer tents, food stalls and a corporate hospitality marquee, with proceeds going towards the school’s bursary system for the town.
Tickets are on sale until July 15.
To buy tickets and for more information visit www.englandmastersstamford.co.uk