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Stars step up to the crease for Stamford Sport Bash

Former England and Surrey all-rounder Adam Hollioake will play for the All Stars XI in Sport Bash 2014. Photo: Getty Images. EMN-140717-112209001

Former England and Surrey all-rounder Adam Hollioake will play for the All Stars XI in Sport Bash 2014. Photo: Getty Images. EMN-140717-112209001

Stamford’s annual sporting spectacular is just a week away and excitement is building for this year’s extended event.

Sport Bash will take place at the Stamford School playing fields on Friday, July 25, and Saturday 26.

An extra day has been added to the former Stamford Masters event to enable organiser and former England bowler Dean Headley to pack in even more for people to enjoy.

The main attractions as usual will be the exhibition cricket matches. The traditional Local Legends XI vs All Stars XI will take place on the Friday.

Some of the area’s finest cricketing talent have been signed on to play. They include Ajaz Akhtar, Andy Hulme, Andy Reynoldson, Colan Bartram, David Gillett, Gareth Evison, Graham North, Henry Charlton, Jak Garner, John Meadows and Robin Vitas.

They will face a team of former internationals. Captain Gladstone Small will lead Simon Jones, Adam Hollioake, Andrew Caddick, Mal Loye, Mark Ealham, Chris Schofield, Warren Hegg, Alex Tudor and Dean Headley.

The Saturday will feature a new event when rugby players from Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints swap scrums for cricket sixes.

The Tigers XI, managed by Paul Nixon, includes Ed Slater, Tim Stimpson, Freddie Tuilagi, Andy Goode, Louis Deacon, Scott Hamilton, Craig Newby, Matt Smith, Julian Salvi, Logo Mulipola, Jamie Gibson and 12th man Freddie Burns.

The Saints XI, managed by Mal Loye, features Paul Diggin, Mark Hopley, John Olver, Nick Beal, Jon Phillips, Ian Vaas, Ian Hunter, Sam Olver, Dom Waldouck, Christian Day and Paul Grayson.

Both days will support good causes. Money raised on Friday will go towards Sue Ryder’s appeal to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall.

Money raised on the Saturday will go towards the Matt Hampson foundation, set up to support people injured through sport.Former England under-21 rugby player Matt, from Cold Overton, has agreed to pass on donations to the family of Seb Goold.

Stamford Rugby Club under-9s player Seb suffered life-changing injuries after falling from the emergency door of a moving coach in April.

Sport Bash tickets are selling fast but there are plenty still available. Organiser Dean said: “‘I hope everyone has lots of fun and gets to meet a hero or two. Last year’s event built on the the first year and supporting two charities this year will just top it off.

“I am certainly looking forward to meeting the rugby players and catching up with a few colleagues from my playing days. Let’s hope the Local Legends XI go easy.

“The rugby players seem to be warming up to the challenge. Drafting in Mal Loye and Paul Nixon as managers is quite a statement of intent.”

Along with the main matches there will be the Chesterton Humbert kwik cricket tournament, live bands on both days, activities including the Leicester Tigers Maul Zone and an inflatable assault course, and much more for the family to enjoy.

For a full programme and to book your tickets, visit www.sportbash.co.uk.

 

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