Royal Air Force To Play England Women In Louth
An England Women’s invitational XI will take on the Royal Air Force (RAF) Cricket Association XI in a charity game to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and the RAF Benevolent Fund as part of East Lindsey Live!
East Lindsey District Council has invited the reigning world champion cricketers to play against the RAF in Louth on 16th August in a 20/20 game which promises to be full of flair and action.
The RAF Team has also just become the Armed Forces 20/20 cricket champions for the second year running, beating the Navy and Army in a triangular 20/20 tournament at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s.
Tickets to the fast paced fundraiser, which starts at 1.30pm at the London Road Sports Ground are free but donations of ?5, with proceeds being split equally between the two charities, are more than welcome. A fundraising event after the game is also being planned. Details will be announced shortly on www.eastlindseylive.org.
People wanting to request a ticket should phone 01507 613412 or 01507 613413
The match will be the second time the reigning world champions have played in East Lindsey and Charlotte Edwards is looking forward to returning to the district.
"I am delighted to be able to bring an England Women's Invitation XI to Louth to play the RAF for two such worthy causes - the RAF Benevolent Fund and Breast Cancer Care. Many of the full England women's team will be playing so I hope that we have great local support. I know the Lincolnshire Cricket Board is working to develop the game for women and girls so I hope that this match will act as a catalyst in the area."
The Director of RAF Representative Cricket, Sqn Ldr John Riddell, former Sleaford CC 1st XI Captain 2007 – 2008, is confident his team will give the England Ladies a good game:
"This is a fantastic opportunity for the RAFCA to compete against and learn from an outstanding international side. We hope that this will be the start of a long relationship with the ECB in which we can offer some of the inherent military skills that we posess such as confidence, determination and decision making in exchange for the elite cricketing skills and coaching of the England Ladies.
"We are very much looking forward to a great day and we’re all hoping the weather stays fine for what should be an entertaining fixture and a highlight of the East Lindsey Live programme,” added Cllr Doreen Stephenson, Leader of East Lindsey District Council. “East Lindsey is the ideal venue for such a match, with Lincolnshire being known as Bomber County and Arran Brindle being one of East Lindsey’s more famous residents.”
The match is taking place as part of East Lindsey Live, a calendar of exciting sporting, heritage and cultural events to showcase the District and attract visitors.
High profile events at venues such as Cadwell Park and Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre have received accreditation as have smaller productions such as Horncastle Young Stages, the Lincolnshire WoldsWalking Festival and Louth Film Club.
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