Thursday 16 April 2009 

Lehmann Returns For One More Innings In Yorkshire

Anthony McGrath’s Benefit Committee are delighted to announce they have agreed with Scarborough Cricket Clubthat a benefit match for the Yorkshire Captain against The Darren Lehmann All-Star XI will be played at North Marine Road, Scarborough on Saturday 18 July 2009, commencing at 4pm.

Yorkshire’s first XI, with the likes of McGrath, Jaques Rudolph and Tim Bresnan will take on The Darren Lehmann’s All-Star XI – made up of cricketing legends from around the world – in the first ever Twenty20 match at Scarborough.

The benefit match will be a celebration of Anthony’s total commitment to the game and a thank you for the enjoyment he has given to Yorkshire followers around the world.  McGrath, who is hoping to captain Yorkshire to Championship and one-day glory this season, is looking forward to sharing his big day with the Yorkshire faithful.

“I am delighted to have this game in my honour and create history by playing the first ever Twenty20 at Scarborough," said McGrath.

"The cricket should be very competitive with the full Yorkshire first team playing against Boof (Darren Lehmann) and some fantastic cricketing legends that have graced the game over the past few years. I hope the Yorkshire fans will turn out in their numbers and share in my special day.”

The Bradford-born all-rounder made his Yorkshire debut in 1995 and was awarded his county cap four years later. In 2003, he represented England in four test matches and has played 14 one-day internationals He was Yorkshire captain briefly in 2003 and he now replaces Darren Gough for the 2009 campaign.

Former Yorkshire cricketing great Darren Lehmann, who will be in England throughout the summer covering the Ashes for Australian Television, has given his backing to the match and is looking forward to returning to the county for the first time since 2006.

“Mags is a loyal servant of Yorkshire Cricket and I can not think of a more fitting tribute than the Yorkshire public to honour Mags in this way,” added Lehmann.

"He is a champion bloke and when I got the call to help out in his benefit match I was only too pleased to get involved.

“I am planning to bring some top-class cricketers to Scarborough for the match. I have spoken to the likes of Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Jason Gillespie and Darren Gough, who have all expressed an interest in playing in the game. I am hopeful that some, if not all, of these legends will play some part in the match and make it a top day out for the family. I am also looking forward to donning the pads for one last innings and hoping that I can turn it on for the Yorkshire fans just like the good old days!”

Tickets for the match are available from 1 May 2009 for £10 adults, £5 concessions (seniors and children). Families can take advantage of the excellent value family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) for only £25. Tickets are available from Scarborough Cricket Club offices or by calling the Mags2009 ticket hotline on 0113 394 3636. Further information available at www.mags2009.co.uk