Ashes hero to star in legends game

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Ashes hero Steve Harmison will head an array of ex-test stars ready to light up a nearby cricket ground at a special T20 game next month.

The former number one-ranked bowler in the world will be part of an England Legends team that will also feature Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash, Paul Nixon and Alex Tudor, with more big names to be announced in due course.

They will take on a Welbeck Colliery Cricket Club side drawn from a mixture of first teamers, youngsters and guest players in an eagerly-awaited match on Friday, August 29, at the John Fretwell Complex on Sookholme Road.

An action-packed schedule of events will run from 12 noon ’til late, with a junior kwik cricket tournament and a corporate hospitality three-course meal preceding the main match and a disco and live entertainment to follow it.

The day, sponsored by Greene King, has been organised with the help of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) and all proceeds will be invested back into the Warsop Sporting Trust, the not-for-profit organisation which runs the community complex.

“To have a player at Welbeck such as Steve Harmison, who we all remember for helping England win the Ashes back for the first time in 18 years, is a huge honour,” said John Fretwell, who financed the building of the complex, which first opened in 2006.

“Mark Ramprakash has shown over the last two decades that he is no mean player – and he’s not too bad on the dance floor either! It promises to be quite a day’s entertainment.”