Stars shine in celeb cricket clash
GALLERY Ex-England stars Phil Tufnell and Devon Malcolm were among the cricketing legends who turned out for a village match with a difference yesterday.
EX-ENGLAND stars Phil Tufnell and Devon Malcolm were among the cricketing legends who turned out for a village match with a difference yesterday.
There was a real buzz around Carlton, near Newmarket, ahead of the arrival of the Bunbury Celebrity XI and their game in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT).
The team - which was up against a TCT Select XI captained by McFly's Harry Judd - included Northamptonshire's Ben Howgego, Emmerdale's Fraser Hines and former New Zealand all rounder Chris Cairns.
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Fast-bowler Devon Malcolm, who also had a stint playing in the whites of Suffolk, was only too happy to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.
“This is certainly different from international cricket, here you can relax and have drink before you go out to bat,” he joked. “I am also pleased to be supporting the TCT. It is a great cause and I am proud to be involved.”
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Phil Tufnell, who apart from earning legend status with the bat and ball has also found new fans through appearing on TV show I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, said: “I think it is important to support TCT because teenagers have different needs and sometimes these can be forgotten when you have a cancer diagnosis.
“TCT is a fantastic charity and this is a great event that I am proud to be involved with. It is good to keep your bowling arm in too - I took a couple of wickets in the morning and I feel good.”
The Bunbury's were captained by event organiser and Bunbury founder David English who has helped raise £22million for charities through cricket.
“We raised £26,000 last year and we hope to double that this year,” he said. “On top of that the Champagne is going down well and we have two of the world's greatest cricketers playing.
“There is a wonderful atmosphere here and it shows that with the right people you can have fun anywhere.”
Richard Shaw, director of fundraising for the TCT, said the match would achieve two important objectives for the charity.
“The most important thing at the moment is the money we need for our new wing at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge,” he said. “But it is also about raising awareness of cancer and what we do, which is crucial.”
There was also a raffle with prizes including a tour of the Bentley factory in Crewe and lunch for four at Coutt's in London.