Legendary trio support festival

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BARNSLEY Cricket Club are to have the three biggest names in its history back at the club as part of its 150th anniversary celebrations.

Geoffrey Boycott, Dickie Bird and Sir Michael Parkinson will be together at Shaw Lane for a cricket festival day on Sunday, June 24.

The day will include three matches, Last Man Stands (LMS) style 20 overs games, with the last of them a past Yorkshire Great side against a Barnsley Greats.

The other two - with the first starting at 10.15 - will include stars from Emmerdale and Coronation Street and also feature a South Yorkshire LMS select and past national LMS champions.

Sir Michael Parkinson, who played at Barnsley along with Boycott and Bird, will speak on the public address system ahead of the Yorkshire-Barnsley ‘greats’ game for which organisers are planning a surprise.

Also set to be there are others who have played at Barnsley and gone on to play for Yorkshire and England including Darren Gough, Martyn Moxon and Arnie Sidebottom.

The proceeds from the day will be divided between Barnsley CC and Leukaemia Research.

In the evening there will be a Gala Celebration Meal at the club with Messrs Parkinson, Boycott and Bird. Tickets are £30 with a few places still available.

Meanwhile, Barnsley play away to Spen Victoria tomorrow evening in the Heavy Woollen Cup, second round with the game played as a T20 match.

Two days after their Cricket festival day, Barnsley host a Yorkshire 2nd XI three-day match at Shaw Lane.

This will be against Worcestershire in the 2nd XI Championship starting on June 26. Barnsley off-spinner Azeem Rafiq recently moved from the 2nd XI to the first team.