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Ex-England stars to play T20 for The Soldiers' Charity

The ABF Soldiers' Charity

Matthew Hoggard, Mark Ramprakash, Paul Nixon and Chris Read will be in action during a special Twenty20 match in September which will raise funds for soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need.

Itinery of the day - 14th September, HAC

1pm: Gates open

2pm: Match starts

4pm: Afternoon tea

6pm: Match finishes

6.30pm: Champagne reception

7pm: Gala dinner starts

11pm: Gala dinner finishes

HAC1537 is a charitable partnership between the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) and ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the game will see Ramprakash skipper the Soldiers' Charity XI and Hoggard lead the City Select XI in opposition.

Nixon will keep wicket for the Soldiers' XI as Read will take the gloves for the City Select XI on 14th September with a gala dinner following the match hosted by HAC and including a chance for guests to question for the four former England internationals.

Hoggard, who helped England win the 2005 Ashes and took 248 wickets during his Test career, is delighted to get involved and help in any way he can.

"This is going to be a really great charity match, raising money for such a worthy cause," he said.

"The HAC pitch is one of the finest pitches in London you’ll find outside of a cricket ground. I’ll be looking forward to giving Mark a hard time of it, and I can’t say I’ll go any easier on his team mates!"

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff ABF The Soldiers’ Charity added: "We’re delighted to have such world class players taking part in our inaugural City Invitational Cup.

"All those who are taking part and coming down to watch the match will be helping to raise money for soldiers, veterans, and their families who may need our help.

"Obviously we will be cheering on Mark’s Soldiers’ Charity XI, but I am sure it will be a close run affair."

There remain a few places available on either side so for your chance to play in this unique fixture, visit www.soldierscharity.org/citycup to find out more.

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