Taverners take on Tigers in charity cricket match
Stars from the world of sport and showbusiness are lining up for a charity T20 cricket match on Sunday.
Three teams – one made up of Leicester Tigers players, a team from the Lord's Taverners cricket charity and a Matt Hampson Foundation XI – will be in action at Leicestershire Foxes' Grace Road ground.
The fun day is in aid of the foundation set up after former England under 21 and Leicester Tigers prop Matt was left paralysed after a training ground accident in 2005.
Money will also go to charities supported by the Lord's Taverners.
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Tommy Cawston, from the Matt Hampson Foundation, said: "We are hoping for a big turnout of people who will have a great day out and have fun raising money for worthwhile causes."
The Lord's Taverners team will feature award-winning film director Sam Mendes and former England cricket captain Mike Gatting. The Foundation XI will be captained by former Leicestershire and England wicket keeper Paul Nixon.
Doors open at 10am and the first match featuring the Lord's Taverners will begin at 10.30am. A second game will begin at 2.30pm.
Captain of the Tigers XI, former All Black Craig Newby, is looking forward to the day.
He said: "We pride ourselves on our cricketing ability and will be fielding a strong team.
"The boys are all looking forward to playing at Grace Road against some cricket legends and some of our former team mates."
Paul Nixon said: "It will be a great day out for all the family and I think the cricket will be pretty competitive and entertaining.
"We have a good side out, with the likes of former England all-rounder Phil Defreitas and Charles Dagnall and some former Tigers who are pretty decent, such as Andy Goode and Harry Ellis."
Matt, who will be signing copies of his book, Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson, said: "Sunday's events are sure to provide an entertaining family day out and are important to raise the profile of the two charities, as well as much needed funds.
"As we become more established as a charity we are able to help more and more people and it's events such as this that allow us to do that.
"Let's hope the sun shines."
Former England and Tigers scrum half Harry Ellis said: "I've not found my best role yet in a cricket team, although I do like diving about so wicket keeper suits me just fine.
"I am looking forward to seeing all the Tigers boys and I'm sure it will be a fun day."
There will be a bouncy castle and other attractions during the day.
There will also be a Leicester Cobras wheelchair basketball display and Paralympic sport displays in the indoor school.
Tickets cost £10 for a family of four, £5 for adults and £1 for under 16s. They are available on the door.
For more charity news, see pages 24 and 25.