Cricketers from Sheffield University are in a spin - after being given the chance to play for ex-England captain Michael Vaughan on the hallowed turf of Lord’s.
Members of the university’s staff cricket club are to welcome the Ashes-winning hero to their Norton base at 5pm on August 14 for a thrilling T20 Legends versus Locals clash.
After the game Michael will select three of the university players to join his NatWest Local XI to take on the England NatWest Legends in a game at the headquarters of cricket on September 5.
The game at Norton playing fields off Warminster Road is a special date which has been added to the university club’s fixture list. They won the chance to stage the NatWest-sponsored match which is expected to raise thousands of pounds for the club and for local good causes, including the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity.
Michael will be back in his home city with a team of cricketing legends to take on the university club, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
The club will host some of the country’s finest sportsmen on its home turf after beating more than 600 other cricket clubs across England and Wales in the nationwide competition to scoop one of the three matches on offer.
Michael said: “Massive congratulations to Sheffield University Cricket Club. I’m really looking forward to taking them on and I know that while these games might start nice and friendly, as soon as that coin is tossed it all changes – everyone wants to win!
“This year there is a slight twist in that I’ll be picking three players from SUCC to join me as we take on the other England Legends in a series finale at Lord’s.
“As a result I’m expecting the competition for me and my team to be tougher than ever as players look to prove themselves while helping to raise thousands of pounds for their clubs.”
The university team are offering two talented local youth cricketers the opportunity to join the Locals team.
Another place will be auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Captain Richard Ward said: “The opportunity to play a match against Michael’s Legends is the crowning moment in this landmark 60th anniversary year.”