SOME of the biggest names in sport have their sights set on Sheffield – for a star-studded celebrity cricket match next week.
Flamboyant former footballer Robbie Savage, and larger-than-life ex-England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, are among the A-listers heading to Abbeydale Sports Club in Dore on Tuesday.
The event has been organised by Michael Vaughan, the Sheffield-raised former England cricket captain, to bring in funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital as well as for his own cricketing academy.
The highlight of the day will be a one-off Twenty20 match between an England Legend XI and most of the team which clinched victory for the country in the 2005 Ashes.
Vaughan has assembled a line-up of cricketing colleagues including Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Paul Collingwood and Simon Jones.
The team will be boosted by the addition of celebrity friends including Football Focus TV presenter Dan Walker, who lives in Hunters Bar, and long-haired bad boy of football Robbie Savage – a surprise star of last year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, who has convinced Vaughan to sign up for this year’s show.
The England XI includes famous names from David Lloyd and Devon Malcolm to Phil De Freitas and Dean Headley.
The event takes place at Abbeydale Sports Club from 3pm.
And, with time running out between now and the big day, organisers are calling on fans to seize the opportunity to buy their tickets now to see a plethora of sporting heroes all on one pitch.
Organiser Roger Justin said: “We’re hoping for 1,000 to 1,500 people. We’ve had a lot of calls but to make this a sell-out we’d still need to sell a few hundred more tickets.
“Michael has worked really hard to bring these people to Sheffield and there are going to be some fantastic players there on the day.”
A schools cricket tournament will take place ahead of the match, giving youngsters the chance to get top tips from the experts.
And afterwards, for people who buy a £100 seat in the Michael Vaughan Hospitality Marquee, there’s a five-course dinner followed by question-and-answers with not only Vaughan, 37, who lives in Baslow, but also Geoffrey Boycott and Gary Neville.
Tickets for the match are £20 for adults and £10 for OAPs and under 16s. Call Abbeydale Sports Club on 0114 2367011.