Celebs turn out for match

NSST Emmerdale Star Tony Audenshaw
NSST Emmerdale Star Tony Audenshaw
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A host of celebrities will turn out this Sunday to take part in a fun-filled day of cricket in aid of the Air Ambulance, and an MP is urging everyone to go along to show their support.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham is organising the charity game between a team of celebrities and MPs, captained by Andrew, and a team of Emmerdale All-Stars.

The Emmerdale All-Stars team is captained by Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe in the Yorkshire soap opera, and also includes Chris Chittell who plays Eric Pollard, Tony Audenshaw who plays Bob Hope, Chris Bisson who plays Jai Sharma, Bhasker Patel who plays Rishi Sharma and former county cricketer Ashley Metcalfe.

The MPs and Celebrities team includes Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood, local entrepreneur and star of The Apprentice Adam Corbally, former children’s TV presenter Andy Crane and former England and county cricketer Paul Nixon.

The match will take place at Buxton Cricket Club, Park Road, Buxton SK17 6SG.

Admission on the gate will be £5 per person, and free for children aged under 16, with all proceeds going to the Air Ambulance.

Gates will open at noon, with the first ball bowled at 2pm.

Andrew said: “I’m absolutely delighted that so many celebrities have agreed to play in the match I’m organising in aid of the Air Ambulance, which is such a vital charity across the local area.

“It’s going to be a fantastic day, and I’d urge people from across Sheffield to come along, bring their chairs and a picnic, and show their support for a great charity at the same time.”

The Celebrity Cricket Match will be held on the anniversary of the date in 1975 when Buxton Cricket Club hosted the only professional cricket match ever to have been called off due to snow.

Andrew added: “I remember June 2, 1975, well, with Buxton Cricket Ground covered in snow.

“We hope the weather is better on Sunday!”