By Thomas Hewitt.
A cricket match is offering fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to play alongside their heroes for charity.
Raising money for the NSPCC and Bowel Cancer UK, two of Nottinghamshire’s biggest cricketing names will each captain a T20 side comprised of cricket professionals and local amateurs.
Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read and retired spinner Graeme Swann – both former England players – will face-off for a fifth year running at Radcliffe-on-Trent Cricket Club on Friday, 5 August.
Joining them will be current Notts and England players, Samit Patel and Michael Lumb, former Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor and Notts’ Rikki Wessels, Brett Hutton, Luke Wood and Sam Wood.
The match, which is sponsored by local firm Buckles Solicitors, gets underway at 5pm and there will be plenty of family entertainment throughout the evening including a raffle – full to the brim of great prizes – a barbecue and a live DJ who will keep the crowds entertained long after play has finished.
Chris Read said: “This event is a real highlight of the cricketing summer.
“Swanny is yet another year out of the game and I’m looking forward to emerging victorious. Most importantly though, the money raised from an exciting evening will help two great causes, the NSPCC and Bowel Cancer UK.”
Graeme Swann added: “It’s a unique opportunity to play alongside a host of professionals and try to get one over on them.
“The match is always a good laugh and with all the music, entertainment and food and drink to enjoy, a warm, family atmosphere is guaranteed.”
The event aims to raise much-needed funds for Bowel Cancer UK’s work to stop the disease and will support the delivery of the NSPCC’s therapeutic services at Jenny Farr House in Cranmer Street, St Ann’s.
Chris Read’s wife, Louise, has been integral to the organisation of the annual event. As an associate at Buckles Solicitors, Louise and her firm play an active role in fundraising and this event alone has raised over £20,000 in the last five years.
Louise said: “Chris and I are passionate about these two very worthy charities and we work hard each year to make this event happen. It continues to grow year on year and is such a fun evening out for families. Whether you want to play or spectate, come along and join us.”
President of the NSPCC’s Nottingham branch, Jenny Farr, called the event a “great occasion” that “shows the importance of family.”
She added: “The money raised will make a real difference to the lives of children in Nottinghamshire. Vulnerable children need us more than ever, as reflected by the amount of case work and number of referrals we receive.”