Sports stars line up to join Michael Vaughan’s team in Sheffield

Captain: Cricketer Michael Vaughan is bringing friends with him.
Captain: Cricketer Michael Vaughan is bringing friends with him.
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FORMER England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is to host a celebrity Twenty20 match in Sheffield to raise funds to develop the sports stars of the future.

The Ashes-winning batsman will return to Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club in Abbeydale - and will bring along with him an illustrious line-up of former England cricketers.

Vaughan, who was born in Manchester but moved to Sheffield as a schoolboy and went on to make the city his home, said: “Grassroots cricket is so important for the development of our next generation of players and clubs like Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club need as much help as possible to enhance junior cricket development.

“Local clubs are at the forefront of bringing players through and English cricket look upon our clubs to bring the next players to the Test arena.

“Days like this massively help, giving the children the best opportunities to succeed at cricket.

“It also gives the community the opportunity to come watch and see some true cricketing legends such as Geoffrey Boycott in the fun and entertaining environment of what is Twenty20 cricket.”

Cricketing greats taking part on the day include David Lloyd, Devon Malcolm, Neil Fairbrother and Gladstone Small.

Vaughan added: “We also have some sporting celebs who are not bad with the bat either, like Gary Neville and Robbie Savage.

“On the day we will be giving hints and tips and encouraging youngsters to take up the sport of cricket.

“We will be providing some bowling and batting masterclasses to assist our juniors into becoming professionals.

“Just by meeting some of their cricketing idols can also be an inspiration itself.”

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Abbeydale Sports Club from 1pm on Tuesday, September 4, cost £20 for adults and £10 for OAPs and under 16s. Tickets for a family of four cost £45.

Hospitality tickets are available in the marquee for £950 for a table of 10.

For tickets call 0114 236 7011 ext 224.