20th June, India v South Africa, 09:30 GMT
Past and present international cricket stars will be appearing this summer at Wormsley Cricket Ground in Buckinghamshire, as will famous faces from the world of music and entertainment, and a mixture of current professionals and keen amateurs.
There’s something for everyone at the Stokenchurch venue, close to High Wycombe and just a minute from Junction 5 of the M40, which was created by Sir John Paul Getty on the family’s estate, and is frequently described as the most beautiful cricket ground in England.
This summer’s Wormsley schedule features four major matches. PCA Masters will play the International Masters on Tuesday July 20, a British Armed Forces Charity fixture will take place on Sunday July 25, there’s a Lord’s Taverners Celebrity Match lined up for Sunday August 15, and on Sunday August 22, The Unicorns play Surrey in a Clydesdale Bank 40 League game.
Tim Munton, the former Warwickshire, Derbyshire and England fast bowler, looks after cricket at Wormsley and he said: “We’re really pleased with our programme for this summer. It offers a big cross-section of people the chance to use the marvellous facilities and we look forward to welcoming large audiences. Even for those who are not fanatical about cricket, the chance to take in the stunning Wormsley views and atmosphere is not to be missed.”
Darren Gough, Graeme Hick, Dominic Cork and Phil DeFreitas will be appearing for the PCA Masters, while Pakistan spin star Saqlain Mushtaq and former Aussie pace king Jeff Thomson have already confirmed that they will line-up for the International Masters. The warm-up for the main event will be a Fans Twenty20 fixture.
Five days later, Lord Tom King, a past Defence Minister, will captain one of the teams of celebrities from sport, entertainment and politics in the British Armed Forces Charity Match. It will be in aid of Help for Heroes and ABF, the Soldiers’ Charity, and will be supported by military bands who will entertain on the day.
Famous faces will be out in force again on August 15 when the Lord’s Taverners draw from their vast list of celebrity supporters – including award-winning film director Sam Mendes, Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan, Dean Headley and Clive Radley - to feature in another charity fixture. This game will be preceded by a Twenty20 match between The Gentlemen and The Players.
And while that will guarantee a day of fun and frivolity, there’s some serious business planned for August 22 when The Unicorns take on Surrey in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League at Wormsley. It’s a clash between the best players in the country without full county contracts and the likes of Mark Ramprakash, Chris Tremlett and Gareth Batty, who are expected to form the basis of a strong Surrey line-up.
Tickets are still available for all matches, so book your place for a great day out at the most beautiful cricket ground in England at www.wormsleycricket.co.uk