Former NCFC footballers, TV presenters, a chef and even Elvis prepare for charity cricket match
07:49 15 May 2014
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What do three former professional footballers, two television presenters, a celebrity chef, the former head of the British Army, an Elvis impersonator and an ex-NCFC physio have in common?
The answer is a love of cricket and a desire to raise money for a worthwhile cause by taking on a team of veteran players in a celebrity cricket match on Sunday, May 25.
Organised by former Canaries physiotherapist Tim Sheppard, the 35-over match will see The Sheppard’s Flock pitched against The Black Sheep Cricket Club on the picturesque Norwich School ground by Norwich Cathedral.
Donning whites and pads for The Sheppard’s Flock will be former Norwich players Paul McVeigh, Craig Fleming and Chris Sutton, television presenters Kevin Piper and Jonathan Wills, chef Galton Blackiston, General Lord Dannatt, while Elvis tribute could also be swapping his white jumpsuit for cricket whites.
Their opponents, The Black Sheep, are a group of amateur players ranging in age from 40 to 70 and who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.
There will be free entry to the match, but spectators will be asked to make donation to the Norfolk branch of the Lord’s Taverners, which is the official charity for recreational cricket and the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
Mr Sheppard, who works at Colney’s Global Clinic, said the charity had funded worthwhile projects in Norfolk, such as buying a new bus for the Chapel Road School in Attleborough and buying wheelchairs for other organisations.
He said: “We make sure money isn’t just going into a central pot and is coming back to needy causes in this part of the world.
“It will be an enjoyable afternoon of cricket and hopefully we will get pleasant weather.
“It will give people the chance to see some people from television and football doing other things than they are normally known for and they will see some talented cricketers in both sides.
“We are extremely grateful to the Norwich School for allowing us to use their pitch.”
So as captain of the team, who does Mr Sheppard think will be hitting the opposition for six?
“I would say Galton and, no pressure though, Chris Sutton,” he said.
Gates open from 12.30pm and the match starts at 1.30pm.
Seating at the ground is limited, so spectators are advised to bring their own chairs.
Food and non-alcoholic refreshments will be on sale but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic.
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