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Stars to face local legends at BGL Sport Bash 2015

Sports Bash day at Stamford School. All Stars batsman Chris Scofield in action EMN-140726-230418009
Sports Bash day at Stamford School. All Stars batsman Chris Scofield in action EMN-140726-230418009

Stars of cricket, rugby and football will be joined by a range of famous faces in matches against local sporting legends with the aim of raising as much money as possible for three worthy charities.

BGL Sport Bash takes place at Stamford School playing fields on July 23 and 24.

Excitement is building for the annual event, now in its fourth year. Last year it raised more than £30,000, which was split between Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice and the Seb Goold Trust, via the Matt Hampson Foundation.

This year the event will support Matt Hampson Foundation, Seb Goold Trust, PCA Benevolent Fund and Help for Heroes.

There will be two key cricket matches. On the Thursday a Matt Hampson Foundation XI featuring a range of stars will take on a Help for Heroes XI, comprising players from across the forces. And on Friday the traditional England PCA Masters vs Local Legends XI match will take place. Both games start at 4.30pm.

The event has been organised every year by former England cricketer Dean Headley. He said: “Now the teams are complete, I hope that the area really supports the players coming, whether it be the celebrities, former international sport stars, the Help for Heroes players or the local legends.”

England women's Rugby World Cup winner Emily Scarratt. Photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images. EMN-150713-165605001
England women's Rugby World Cup winner Emily Scarratt. Photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images. EMN-150713-165605001

The Matt Hampson Foundation team includes:

○ Actor Colin Salmon, who has appeared in three James Bond films.

○ Comedian Dom Joly, famous for prank show Trigger Happy TV.

○ James Phelps, who played Fred Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

Seb Goold.
Seb Goold.

○ Rugby player Emily Scarratt, who scored 16 points in the 2014 Rugby World Cup final to help England lift the trophy.

○ Former Leicester City FC captain Matt Elliott, who famously scored twice when he captained his side to victory in the 2000 League Cup final.

Also appearing will be Gordon Greenidge, Rory Underwood, Freddie Tuilagi, Martin Corry, Lewis Deacon, Antony Allen and Dean Headley.

They will play a Help for Heroes team comprising representatives of all the armed forces, many of whom have been injured during service and are using sport to help their recovery.

Former rugby player Matt Hampson, who was paralysed from the neck down almost 10 years ago while training with the England Under 21 rugby squad, said: “Sport Bash is a massive benefit for the foundation. We’ve just had planning permission for our new rehabilitation centre granted, so to have that boost and also raise awareness of everything the foundation stands for and the people we support is brilliant.”

Matt admitted that he wasn’t the biggest cricket fan, but said he was looking forward to a great day out.

“It should be brilliant,” he added.

Matt’s foundation supports people injured through sport. One such person is 10-year-old Seb Goold, from Wansford, who lost part of his right leg after falling from a moving coach. The Seb Goold Trust was set up to help pay for top-of-the-range prosthetics so Seb could get back to playing the sports he loves.

Some of the money raised at BGL Sport Bash will be given to the trust.

Following Thursday’s action will be the England PCA Masters team on Friday, which this year features Adam Hollioake, Mark Ramprakash, Dean Headley, Philip Defreitas, Matthew Hoggard, Ed Giddins, Alex Tudor, Anthony McGrath, Paul Nixon, Owais Shah and Usman Afzal.

They will play a Local Legends team made of some of the area’s best cricketing talent: Mohammed Azhar (Peterborough Town), Laurence Davis (Ketton Lions), Andrew White (Alford), Dean Cornish (Uffington), Andy Larkin (Ufford), Nick Cowley (Burghley Park), Tom Williams (Stamford), Ben Stroud (Bourne), Dan Robinson (Nassington), Chris Larsen (Oakham), Patrick Latham (Uppingham), Charlie Kearns (Spalding) and Lea Peackock (Market Deeping).

There is also the Humberts Cup, a Kwik Cricket tournament featuring local clubs on the Friday afternoon. The cup is sponsored by Humberts estate agents. Associate director Zoe Noyes said: “Our involvement with BGL Sport Bash and the Kwik Cricket tournament is a great opportunity for Humberts to support local charities and Stamford Endowed Schools and to have a fantastic couple of days out at the same time.

It’s not just about the sport though. For those less interested in cricket there are plenty of other attractions to enjoy. This includes a 45-metre inflatable, a bungee run, giant slide, gladiator challenge, bouncy castle for the little ones, zorb football, cricket skills and more.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will make an appearance on both days, with flypasts from the Dakota at 3.25pm on Thursday and the Spitfire at 2.30pm on the Friday.

Members of the UK Parachuting Display Team, based at nearby Sibson Airfield, will drop in during the event to help collect donations for the charities.

There will be live music from After The Storm on Thursday, and The Tom Betts Band on Friday.

Gates open at 1pm on Thursday and 11.45am on Friday. Tickets are still available, starting at £7.50, with children under five free. Visit www.bglsportbash.co.uk.


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