Interest is building for Stamford’s biggest ever cricket match

Photo:SM200312-007ow'Launch of England Masters Twenty20 at Stamford School. Pictured, former England cricketer and Stamford School coach Dean Headley.
Photo:SM200312-007ow'Launch of England Masters Twenty20 at Stamford School. Pictured, former England cricketer and Stamford School coach Dean Headley.
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THE cricket season is drawing nearer and the interest is growing for Stamford’s biggest ever cricket match.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association England Masters XI, featuring a host of former England internationals, is coming to town to take on a team of local cricketers, led by former England fast bowler Dean Headley, in a one-off Twenty20 match.

The event is being held at Stamford School on July 27, and tickets are set to go on sale later this month.

The England Masters XI is currently being assembled by Dean and confirmed names include Devon Malcolm, Paul Nixon, Neil Fairbrother, Gladstone Small and Phil DeFreitas, with many more to follow.

The day will also include a number of children’s activities, including a Kwik Cricket competition, beer tents, food stalls and a corporate hospitality marquee.

Proceeds raised from the event will go towards the school’s bursary system for the town. The event will also be supporting local suppliers and a number of charities.

Dean, who is also a cricket coach at Stamford School, said: “Interest in this game is exceeding our expectations. Local clubs are really keen to get involved and are preparing themselves to run competitions to find players for my Invitation XI and for the kids Kwik Cricket.

“Local businesses are coming forward to support and sponsor this big event as profits will provide bursaries for the local community.”

For more details visit www.englandmastersstamford.co.uk