Two big names from the world of cricket and rugby will put on a show for the crowds at one of Stamford’s events of the summer.
England Ashes hero Simon Jones and Leicester Tigers rising star and captain Ed Slater have been added to the line-up for Sport Bash, a two-day cricketing spectacular at Stamford School.
Jones, who was a key member of England’s famous 2005 Ashes victory, will play for the All Stars XI against the Local Legends XI, a team of players from the area, in a Twenty20 match on July 25.
Despite a career troubled by injuries Jones, who has represented Glamorgan, Worcestershire, and Hampshire domestically, will go down as one of the Ashes greats after his 18 crucial wickets at an average of 21.00, helped England reclaim the urn after an 18-year wait.
Tigers star Slater, who captained the side during the final third of the season, will try his hand with bat and ball for the Leicester Tigers legends, who will take on a Northampton Saints legends side for another Twenty20 match.
Slater has had an outstanding season for the Tigers, helping them reach the semi-final of the Aviva Premiership and earning himself a place on England’s summer tour to New Zealand.
Speaking about the latest team news, former England bowler and Stamford School coach Dean Headley, who is organising the event, said: “To have Jonesy agree to play at Sport Bash in the All Star XI is fantastic.
“An Ashes hero in 2005 when England finally got the little urn back where it belongs. The flying Welshman brings pace and fire to the team but most importantly a top bloke who wants to visit the town, which I am sure we will do - with the odd dragon or two.
“With Tigers captain Ed playing, it just goes to show how much the Tigers and Saints want to make it a special day. Everyone round here supports one of them. I am looking forward to bringing a little piece of that rivalry to Stamford. Ed has just made the tour party so congratulations to him.”
Dean’s ex-teammate Mark Ealham will also play for the All Star XI on the first day, which will help raise funds for the Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal. The second day will be held in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation.
As a partner of the event, the Mercury is offering readers a 10 per cent discount on all tickets until June 8. This will negate the booking fee charged by the website.
To book, go to www.sportbash.co.uk and when prompted enter JPOFFER.