TOP NAMES from the world of international cricket will descend on Redditch later this year in aid of charity.
Lashings World All Stars will take on a Redditch Entaco XI side at the club’s ground off Bromsgrove Road on August 14.
The exact line-up will not be known until nearer the date but stars including the likes of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistan all-rounder Wasim Akram and West Indian great Sir Viv Richards have worn the Lashings uniform in the past. There are also hopes a big name Australian will be involved with the Ashes being contested in England this summer.
About 1,500 people are expected to attend the game which is being held to raise money for Acorn’s Children’s Hospice as well as new nets to support the teams which play at Redditch Entaco Cricket Club.
There will also be a junior game on the day as well as a lunch beforehand with the opportunity for businesses and individuals to have lunch with one of the top players on their table in return for a sponsorship fee. An auction will also be held to add to the fund-raising total.
A spokesman for Lashings said: “We’re delighted to be coming to Redditch for the very first time. We were unbeaten last season and intend to remain so this year so we will be bringing a strong squad along and we would advise the Redditch players to get into the nets early for some additional practise, because they will need it.”
Firms already lined-up to sponsor the event include APC Overnight, Bath Store Cannock & Northampton and Ironmongery Direct. A range of sponsorship packages are still available and interested businesses should contact Daren Field by emailing RedditchEntaco@gmail.com or call 07985 382320 for more information.
Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children under-16 and £10 for a family of four and are available on the contact details above.
There will also be an opportunity to find out more when members of the club are in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in February.
Another opportunity is on offer on Sunday, April 19 between 10am and 12pm when the club holds its junior open day for anyone aged between five and 16 interested in getting involved in cricket. New head coach Richard Hadley, who won Bromsgrove District Coach of the Year 2008 for his work in the community and has coached county and district age group cricket for Worcestershire Cricket Board, will also be present.