Stars from stage and screen will be joining forces with former international cricketers Neil Smith, Clive Radley and Gus Mackay for an entertaining charity cricket match at Wormsley.
Actor Gordon Kennedy, who played Little John in the BBC series Robin Hood, leading after-dinner speaker Bob Bevan and The Football League Show presenter Manish Bhasin will be among the famous names donning their whites on behalf of The Lord’s Taverners on Sunday August 15.
They will be taking on a team from Aston Rowant Cricket Club, based in Oxfordshire, in what promises to be a fantastic afternoon at the Stokenchurch venue in Buckinghamshire, which is often described as the most beautiful cricket ground in England.
The Lord’s Taverners help young people, particularly those with social, environmental, physical or learning disadvantages, to enjoy cricket and other sporting and leisure activities.
Their teams travel up and down the country playing matches to raise funds towards cricket projects, donating equipment and running competitions for young people playing the game at grassroots level in schools and clubs, as well as supporting the work of special needs schools or organisations in encouraging youngsters to participate in recreational activities.
Former Warwickshire, Derbyshire and England fast bowler Tim Munton, who looks after cricket at Wormsley, said: “The Lord’s Taverners play an invaluable role in introducing young people to the joys of cricket and we are delighted to support this wonderful charity.
“It’s a mark of the respect in which the charity is held that major celebrities are always keen to be involved in their matches, and spectators will enjoy a highly entertaining day of cricket both on and off the pitch on what will be a very special occasion.”
The match begins at 3.30pm and follows a Gentlemen v Players fixture featuring the PCA Masters. Advance tickets covering both games cost £15 for adults and £7.50 for concessions, available from www.wormsleycricket.co.uk, while admission on the day is £20 for adults and £10 for concessions. A Champagne Hamper can be booked for £100 and full hospitality can be enjoyed for £150.
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