New venue a hit for Sport Bash at Ketton
An entertaining knock by Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove proved the difference between the teams as a Dean Headley XI beat a Lincs and Rutland XI in a charity T20 match held last Friday.
Mark’s quick fire 56 in the Sport Bash at Ketton came off just 38 balls and included seven fours and two sixes.
He was ably supported by former England cricketer Usman Afzaal who scored 46 off 34 balls and former All Blacks rugby star Craig Newby who retired hurt after hitting 34 off 30 balls.
The Lincs and Rutland XI’s run chase got off to slow start as wickets fell at regular intervals, however, David Clark with 35 and Tom Bentley who finished on 46 not out steadied the innings and brought them within 11 runs of the 164 run total set by the Headley XI.
"Overall it was fantastic day’s entertainment," said Dean.
"But it’s not about if I’m happy, but whether the people enjoyed it and so far the feedback has been great."
The event was held at the Ketton Sports and Community Centre for the first time and drew a crowd of around 800 people who watched the game in bright sunshine.
"A lot of the feedback was about what a great, cosy location it was," said Dean.
"The Ketton Community Sports Trust deserves praise for the venue they have created there."
Dean said they had raised an estimated £20,000 for the Matt Hampson Foundation.
The foundation provides advice, support and treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability as a result of a sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation.
In addition to the T20 and a host of other activities on the go, a BGL Kwik Cricket Tournament was held involving 16 under nine teams.
"The support from BGL to put this on for the local community and get behind grassroots development of the game is fantastic and really important," said Dean.
"The tournament was brilliant and the cricket exciting and it was just a wonderful event."
The Stamford Stars won the plate final against the Bourne Blazers while the cup final was won by the Upingham Wizards who defeated the Barnett Barracudas.
BGL director Julia Walker-Smith handed out trophies after the tournament and congratulated all those involved.
"It was an absolutely fantastic day of fun and sport for the local community to enjoy," said Julia.
"The BGL Kwik Cricket Cup produced some wonderful cricket and hopefully there were some sports stars of the future out there.
"The venue was also fabulous and it was a great day all round."
Dean said he was "really happy" with the day and was already planning for next year’s event which will take place on May 31.
Former international players to represent the Headley XI included Charlotte Edwards, a former captain of the England women's team; and former England men's cricketers Geraint Jones, Chris Lewis, John Emburey, Andy Caddick, Adam Hollyoak, Phil DeFreitas and Chris Read.
Local players representing the Lincs and Rutland XI included Brian Makwana of Market Overton Cricket Club; David Clarke, Peterborough Town CC; Tom Bentley, Uffington CC; Matt Bird, Ketton Sports CC; Josh Bentley of Bourne CC; Nick Green, the current Stamford School 1st team captain; Michael Jones of Burghley Park CC; Henry Stephenson of Empingham CC; Richard Field, Stamford Town CC; Mark Owen, Oakham Town CC; and Jamie Dunford, Uppingham CC.
Activities on the day included a parachuting display, face painting, gladiator challenge, human demolition and Batfast Cricket Simulator, to test your striking skills.