ONE of the game’s larger than life characters will be in town for Stamford’s cricket event of the summer.
David Lloyd, aka Bumble, has agreed to strap on his pads to play for the Professional Cricketers’ Association England Masters XI, against a team of local cricketers at Stamford School on July 27.
The former England batsman and now Sky Sports commentator and funnyman, is joining a host of former stars to play in the one-off Twenty20 spectacular.
Bumble played Test match cricket for England during the 1970s, memorably scoring 214 not out against India.
After coaching England during the late 1990s, he has gone on to become the voice of cricket for Sky Sports with his infamous catchphrase “Start the car”.
Last year, Bumble played for the England Masters at Grappenhall Cricket Club, in Lancashire, entertaining crowds with two huge sixes off the bowling of former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan.
Both teams are being assembled by former England bowler and Stamford School coach Dean Headley, who is currently selecting local players for his Dean Headley Invitation XI.
Dean was delighted that Bumble has agreed to dig out his bat for the big match.
He said: “Start the car! Bumble is one of the true characters of the game who played for the great Lancashire team of the seventies, played for and managed England and now resides entertaining us on Sky TV.
“He’s a wonderful storyteller with lots of funny material and anecdotes from a very long career in cricket. Ask him about former Australian fast bowler Jeff Thompson and you might even see his eyes water.
“I am not sure who will get more words in on the day – Bumble, Cork or me.”
Bumble will be joining the likes of Dominic Cork, Devon Malcolm, Paul Nixon and Neil Fairbrother, who will be taking to the field to play against a team of local players, who are currently being chosen from clubs in the area.
The day will also feature a number of children’s activities, plus beer tents, food stalls and a corporate hospitality marquee, with proceeds going towards the school’s bursary system for the town.
For more information and for tickets, visit www.englandmastersstamford.co.uk