England cricket legends to play special fundraising match in Taunton this week

Marcus Trescothick with cricketers from King’s College (picture courtesy of King’s).

A host of England cricketing legends will be heading to Taunton this Thursday July 2 for a special T20 match between King’s College and The PCA Masters XI.

Three of the stars of England’s 2005 Ashes winning team are included in the line-up, local hero and Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, who is making his debut for the Masters, and strike bowlers Matthew Hoggard and Simon Jones.

If that’s not enough, the bowling line up also contains another England and Somerset legend Andy Caddick as well as former Surrey pace bowler Alex Tudor so there will be no respite for the King’s batsmen.

England batting coach Mark Ramprakash who also won BBC Strictly Come Dancing, will be one of the batsmen who will be looking to hit as many sixes as possible at King’s along with Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard, Neil Fairbrother, Mal Loye and Adam Hollioake.

The wicket-keeping duties will be carried out by former England and Yorkshire gloveman Richard Blakey, who completes a star studded line-up.

This game, being staged at King’s College, is one that no local cricket fan will want to miss and entry costs just £10 for adults and £3 for accompanied juniors. All the proceeds will go to the new Sports Hub at King’s that will benefit the whole of the Taunton sporting community.

Kings flyer CaptureKing’s have been warming up for the big day by playing a large number of games for school, club and Somerset age group sides. Meanwhile the likes of skipper Sam Underdown, Eddie Byrom, Calvin Harrison and Liam Redrup have all been involved with Somerset 2nd XI.

Head of Cricket, Phil Lewis explained how the King’s team is preparing for the big match on 2 July.

“Most of the work the team are doing at present is either focused on situations that currently need improvement, or on general skills and tactics, using both net sessions and practices out in the middle.

“The team work incredibly hard on their fielding, agility and the general skills required for this high intensity format of the game. They have already identified that they should be able to outperform the Masters team by being quicker and better in the field and if they run well between the wickets then this could level the playing field with the Masters’ advantage obviously being their experience and their extra strength!

“However, we’ve got some big-hitting batsmen in our ranks as well, which should make for some entertaining viewing!

“With the likes of Marcus Trescothick, Mark Ramprakash and Adam Hollioake taking part, the boys will have to make sure their bowling plans are good and I think they are relishing the challenge of facing someone like Simon Jones at full tilt!! It should be an amazing day and I know the boys are really looking forward to it!”

Tickets for the King’s College v England Masters XI match, which starts at 4.30pm, can be obtained from Somerset County Sports at the County Ground,  by going online by clicking here, by phone on 01823 328184, by emailing bjworth@kings-taunton.co.uk, or by calling into reception at King’s College itself.