Cricketing legends descend on Alderley Edge for sporting spectacle

International cricket hero, Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff, along with other legends of international cricket were defeated by the home side  in a charity match at Alderley Edge Cricket Club on Thursday, 13th July.

The ex-England cricketer captained a Twenty20 side of ex-England team mates and celebrity friends for a charity Tmatch against an Alderley Edge XI team, raising thousands for Prostate Cancer UK.

Over 2,000 spectators turned out to see some of England's finest former cricketers reunite for a celebratory reunion match where the illustrious side chased a target of 170 but were all bowled out by an Alderley Edge XI with five runs short, in what was a nail biting finish.

A sell-out crowd of families and cricket lovers alike cheered on a star-studded line-up including; Freddie Flintoff (captain), Michael Vaughan, Dominic Cork, Steve Harmison, Monty Panesar, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Alex Tudor, Glen Chapple, Adam Hollioake and ITV Good Morning Britain's, Piers Morgan.

Cricket Chairman Andrew Fluck said "It was the biggest day of our club's 147 year history.

"A fantastic day raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK and AECC Junior Cricket Academy, brilliant atmosphere around the ground. A great result for Alderley, probably went against the script but biggest thank you to Andrew Flintoff who is a massive supporter of the club in bringing his stellar cricketing friends to come and play. Top day had by all."

Amongst the spectators was 10-year-old Joss Naylor (pictured above in a selfie with Piers Morgan) who described the event as "Dabtastic", saying it was "Well organised, British sporting excellence and sportsmanship at its very best."

The day kick-started with a corporate charity lunch and player Q&A followed by the much anticipated match which saw Freddie go out on the first ball.

All the money raised will go to Prostate Cancer UK and Alderley Edge Junior Cricket Academy.

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We are thrilled that Freddie has chosen to support Prostate Cancer UK. As well as raising funds, the match will also raise crucial awareness of a disease which affects 1 in 8 men in the UK.

"Prostate Cancer UK leads the fight against prostate cancer, funding ground-breaking research, in order to stop prostate cancer being a killer. We also aim to make as many men as possible aware of the risk of this disease and encourage them to take responsibility for their health. We thank Freddie, all the players and the team at Jacamo for helping us beat this disease."

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Alderley Edge Cricket Club, Cricket, Freddie Flintoff
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John Clegg
Tuesday 18th July 2017 at 6:32 pm
Blimey. There were so many sporting legends that all could be rustled up was a photo of well-known cricketer Piers Morgan.