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Sport Bash promises loads of exciting cricket action and fun family entertainment

Australian Mark Cosgrove will play for the Dean Headley XI. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images
Australian Mark Cosgrove will play for the Dean Headley XI. Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images

Warm and sunny weather along with some cracking entertainment will ensure this year’s Sport Bash is one of the best ever.

Organiser and former England cricketer Dean Headley said early forecasts predicted a warm, sunny day for the June 1 event at the Ketton Sports and Community Centre.

“We have listened to feedback of what people want following previous events and we’ve done our best to make it a really good, value for money fun day out,” he said.

“In addition to the cricket there will also be a range of activities on offer for the whole family to enjoy.”

Dean said anyone booking tickets online up until midnight on May 31 will receive a £5 discount off the £15 entry fee on the day.

“The entry fee includes all the activities on the day,” he said.

“If people want to they can take their own food and drinks - just not alcohol - while we are also catering for those who’d rather buy at the ground with food and drink stalls available.

“Along with the great weather, it promises to be an awesome day out for children and adults.”

The T20 match, which is due to start at 4.30pm, will pitch a Dean Headley XI against a Lincs and Rutland XI while a tournament involving 16 under nine teams will be played earlier in the day.

The BGL Kwik Cricket Cup will see the teams made up of six players each vie for a plate and cup trophy, which each team getting to bat for five overs.

“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.

Local cricket clubs which have entered teams include Market Overton, Spalding, Stamford, Bourne, Nssington, Uffington, Burghley, Market Deeping, Oakham, Uppingham and Barnack.

An invitational ‘Headley’s Hellraisers’ team will also take part.

“We’re all set for what promises to be a fantastic event, “ said Dean.

“Activities on the day include a parachuting display, face painting, gladiator challenge, human demolition and Batfast Cricket Simulator, which will allow you to test your striking skills.”

Leicester County Cricket Club will be attending with their Foxes Den inflatable bowling cage and Cricket Factory activities.

Dean recently released the names of players in his squad for the T20 match, which includes Australian Mark Cosgrove and former All Blacks rugby player Craig Newby.

They will be joined by Charlotte Edwards, a former captain of the England women’s team; and former England men’s cricketers Adam Hollyoak, Phil DeFreitas, Chris Read, Geraint Jones, Chris Lewis, John Emburey, Usman Afzaal and Andy Caddick.

Players in the Lincs and Rutland XI include: 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.

Gates open at 12pm.

For more information visit: www.sportbash.co.uk

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