PCA England Masters set for return to Stamford

Photo: SM270712-082ow'PCA England Masters Cricket at Stamford School. Devon Malcolm bowling for the PCA England Masters XI.
Photo: SM270712-082ow'PCA England Masters Cricket at Stamford School. Devon Malcolm bowling for the PCA England Masters XI.

The cricket season may have just begun but plans for the match of the summer are underway - the PCA England Masters are coming back.

It drew a crowd of 2,000 and a host of famous faces from the cricketing world to Stamford School last summer and the same is expected of this year’s event.

To coincide with this summer’s Ashes Test series, the PCA England Masters XI will take to the field against an Australian Masters XI, made up of former Aussie greats, who will battle it out for the Stamford Cinders.

The match is set to take place at Stamford School on July 26 and Gladstone Small, Phil DeFreitas, Paul Nixon, Devon Malcolm and Neil Fairbrother are already confirmed for this year’s event. Many more big names, including the Australian Masters XI are set to follow.

The teams are being assembled by former England bowler and Stamford School cricket professional Dean Headley.

Dean, who will also be playing on the day, said: “The Stamford Cinders match will be this summer’s alternative Ashes, and I am looking forward to welcoming back many of my former team mates and rekindling our great rivalry against the former Aussies.

“It will be fantastic to stage this sporting family day again, raising the bar for promoting sport in the area.”

The day will start with twelve local children’s cricket teams taking part in a Kwik Cricket competition to battle it out for the Chesterton Humberts Under 10s Cup.

Crowds will be entertained by a host of other activities during the day, including interactive cricket road show the ECB Cricket Factory, Leicester Tigers’ roadshow vehicle The Maul, as well as food and drink stalls.

The event is being organised by DCR Events Limited. Director Lisa Scott said: “It promises to be a wonderful sporting occasion. There is always something special when any sporting contest involves England and Australia.”

Tickets for the event go on sale from May 1. For more information or to find out how to get involved in the event as a sponsor or supplier, e-mail info@dcrevents.co.uk, or visit www.dcrevents.co.uk