Preparations are well underway and excitement is building for what will be one of Stamford’s sporting events of the summer.
Tickets are now on sale for Sport Bash, a two day cricketing extravaganza which takes place at Stamford School on July 25 and 26.
The first day will feature a team of legends from the game of cricket, the All Stars XI, taking on a team of local players, the Local Legends XI in a Twenty20 spectacular.
Day two will see a team of Leicester Tigers legends trying their hand with bat and ball against a Northampton Saints legends side for another Twenty20 match.
Former England cricketers signed up for the event so far include former Surrey captain and all-rounder Adam Hollioake, Somerset fast bowler Andrew Caddick, Northamptonshire and Lancashire batsman Mal Loye, Warwickshire fast bowler Gladstone Small, and Lancashire and Surrey leg-spinner Chris Schofield.
Rugby stars who will be representing the Tigers XI are Craig Newby, Tim Stimpson, Freddie Tuilagi and Scott Hamilton. Those who will turnout for the Saints XI include Paul Grayson, Paul Diggin, Mark Hopley and Nick Beal.
More big names are set to be announced in the coming weeks.
The event is being organised by former England bowler and Stamford School coach Dean Headley, who ran the previous two Stamford Masters events at the school. The matches attracted thousands of spectators to the school.
Dean said: “We’ve got some big names from the world of cricket and rugby coming and there are still further announcements to be made.
“The Stamford Masters has been one of the town’s highlights over the past two summers and we’re hoping this year’s event will be even bigger and better.”
Sport Bash will be doing its bit for charity.
The first day will help raise funds for the Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal, while the following day will be held in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation.
Last week, it was announced the Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal had smashed though the £2m fundraising mark, of its £6m target.
Thorpe Hall regional fundraiser Nilesh Patel said: “This is another great example of the community rallying round in support of the appeal. We are so grateful to Dean for all the hard work he is putting into organising this event and to everyone who has pledged their support already.”
Dean has also booked live bands as the fun and entertainment will run into the evening. On Friday, five-piece band After The Storm will be covering hits by Foo Fighters, Oasis and The Jam, and Northampsonshire four-piece The Tom Betts Band will play classics from Pink Floyd to The Killers.
Northamptonshire’s Wordsworth will perform on Saturday, before Road Crew cover a range of classic rock anthems, from The Kinks to Beastie Boys.
Sport Bash will also include the popular Under 10s Chesterton and Humberts Kwik Cricket Competition, in which young cricketers from clubs around the area will battle it out to take the top prize.
Crowds will be entertained by a host of other activities over the two days, including interactive cricket road show the ECB Cricket Factory and a bouncy castle, as well as food and drink stalls.
Day tickets, two day tickets, and music only tickets are on sale now. Businesses and groups can also purchase hospitality tickets for a table of 10 in the marquee. Visit www.sportbash.co.uk