Celebrities slog it out in Sheffield to raise £40,000

A charirty cricket match between a Michael Vaugahan XI and an England Legens XI has taken place at Abbeydale Sports Club, Sheffield. Captains Michael Vaughan and Paul Nixon.
A charirty cricket match between a Michael Vaugahan XI and an England Legens XI has taken place at Abbeydale Sports Club, Sheffield. Captains Michael Vaughan and Paul Nixon.
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IT MIGHT not have been as nail-biting as the Ashes series which captivated the nation in the summer of 2005...

But yesterday’s star-studded charity cricket match proved a huge hit with the people of Sheffield.

City sporting hero Michael Vaughan brought together the legends of past and present - including six members of the team he captained to beat Australia, plus footballer turned Strictly Come Dancing star Robbie Savage - at Abbeydale Sports Club for a match like no other.

The September sunshine smiled down on around 1,000 spectators as Michael Vaughan’s XI took on the England Legends XI at the club Michael joined as a wide-eyed 10-year-old.

For the Sheffield-raised retired pro, it was a huge honour to play host to the sporting stars at the very place where his talent was nurtured as a youngster.

And it was made doubly special by the fact half the cash raised from the event will go towards his own cricketing academy.

“We’ve been fortunate with the weather,” said Michael. “It has been great for the profile of cricket in Sheffield.

“It’s about raising funds for development, and it sends the message that we can host an event like this here in Yorkshire.

“The team were great. They didn’t take a lot of persuading! It helps when you captained them.

“We’ve got a good relationship and they knew it would be good fun.”

From the sold-out corporate tent - where guests enjoyed a question and answer session with players, Gary Neville and Geoffrey Boycott - to the schoolchildren who took part in a tournament before the big game, spirits were high.

Following an afternoon of cheering, clapping and Mexican waves, the game ended at a sporting 189-all and saw the trophy shared between the two teams.

Cricket fan Glenn Darley of Dore, Sheffield, brought along son Jed, eight, and daughter Martha, five.

He said: “It’s been a good day out. I couldn’t really pass up the opportunity to see so many famous faces!

“Robbie Savage has been the star of the day for me.

“He had a big smile on his face with all the kids. He wasn’t a bad cricketer either!”

Michael Vaughan was hopeful that the event would raise £40,000 to share between the Cricket Academy and Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, of which he is a patron.