Wednesday 20 August 2008 

Cleeve Cricket Club To Clash With The Gladiators

Cleeve Cricket Club will take on Gloucestershire CCC’s Gladiators on Sunday 31st August in a David and Goliath match of international stars versus village cricket heroes.

The Twenty20 game, to be held at Cleeve’s Meeting House Lane ground, will celebrate the club’s 60th Anniversary and support Craig Spearman’s benefit year and nominated charity, Wooden Spoon, which supports mentally, physically and socially disadvantaged children.

Gloucestershire’s team of cricketing elite for the event includes Craig Spearman, Chris Taylor, Hamish Marshall, Alex Gidman, Mark Hardinges, Kadeer Ali, Jon Lewis, Steve Kirby and Gloucestershire and England legends, Mark Alleyne MBE and Jack Russell.

"I am proud to be part of events like these during my benefit year and support local clubs who are instrumental in producing great county and country cricketers of the future," commented Craig Spearman.

Cleeve, who are unbeaten this season and have won promotion to the Bristol and District Senior Division, are excitedly anticipating the match, but are not expecting their fight with Gloucestershire to be an easy one. Cleeve will be pinning high hopes on prolific run scorer Mike Haswell, who trained with Jack Russell at Gloucestershire’s academy.

"It is Cleeve’s strong will and determination which has secured us promotion this season and we will be putting every ounce of this fighting spirit into the Twenty20 match against the Gladiators," said Cleeve’s defiant 1st team Captain, Robert Hoffeldt.

Gates open at 1pm for the family event, which provides a fantastic opportunity for young (and old) cricket fans to meet their County and England heroes, gain autographs, have photographs taken with players and win prizes which include signed cricket bats, memorabilia and invitations to Craig Spearman’s black tie dinner dance at Stowell Park, the home of Lord Vesty. There will also be a BBQ and the chance to win wines from a selection donated by Great Western Wines.

Tickets on the day are £10 for a family of four, or £5 per adult and £3 per child (under 17). If pre-booked, ticket prices drop to £8 per family of four, £4 per adult and £2 per child. Gates open at 1pm with the game starting at 3pm. Full details are on www.cleevecc.co.uk.