CRICKET fans will be hit for six as a host of the game’s former stars are set to pad up to take part in a one-off Twenty20 spectacular in Stamford.
Stamford School will be hosting the event which sees the Professional Cricketers’ Association England Masters XI featuring the likes of Devon Malcolm, Paul Nixon, Mark Ealham and Neil Fairbrother take on a team of local cricketers in a match on July 27.
Proceeds raised from the event will go towards the school’s bursary system for the town. The event will also be supporting local suppliers and a number of charities.
The teams have been assembled by former England fast bowler, and now cricket coach at the school, Dean Headley, who will select and captain the Dean Headley Invitation XI, which will be made up of players from local leagues.
The day will also include a number of children’s activities, beer tents, food stalls and a corporate hospitality marquee.
Dean said: “It’s going to be a big community event so everyone should come down and enjoy a day of fun and some great Twenty20 cricket.
“The main attraction will be the number of former international players who will be playing.
“We’ve got Neil Fairbrother, Paul Nixon, Mark Ealham, Gladstone Small, Devon Malcolm, Phil DeFreitas, Mal Loye and Chris Schofield, and there are a few others we are hoping will agree to play as well.
“And I’m going to be selecting a team of local players to take them on. It will be huge opportunity for them to test themselves against the ex-pros. The whole day will be great fun for everyone involved.”
Born into a famous cricketing family, Dean played 15 test matches and 13 one-day internationals for England in the late-90s. He took more than 450 first-class wickets for Kent and Middlesex but will be best remembered for his spell of six for 60 to help England beat Australia in Melbourne in 1998.
Since retiring due to injury in 2001, Dean has played in a number of exhibition games and is thoroughly looking forward to organising his own.
He said: “When Neil Fairbrother put on the event at Grappenhall Cricket Club in Cheshire for the England Masters last summer, I thought I should put the school forward to host a match.
“We just felt that our ground is an idyllic venue to play the match and it’s such a great opportunity for the school to host such a game.
“Quite a few of the players have only just retired from first-class cricket so will be on top form, but there’s those who’ve been out of the game for a while so they might be a bit rusty. But everyone will be taking it as a bit of fun and just hope to put on a great spectacle for all the fans.”
Head of Stamford School Will Phelan said: “I am excited that the school will be hosting the match.
“This is a community event and a day for all cricket lovers from Stamford and the surrounding area.
“It promises to be a wonderful sporting occasion and one that I hope will see some of the stars of the local cricket clubs front up to the heroes of yesterday and yesteryear.
“Everyone is very welcome to join us.”
Tickets for the game are set to go on sale next month.
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For details visit www.englandmastersstamford. co.uk