Mark Ramprakash, Phil DeFreitas and other cricketing greats in Bury St Edmunds
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England cricketing legends visited west Suffolk yesterday for a game against a combined Bury St Edmunds and Worlington team.
The teams lined up at Bury’s Victory Ground in Nowton Road for the PCA England Masters, organised by the Professional Cricketers’ Association,
The T20 game started at 3.30pm and gave spectators the chance to meet some of their cricketing heroes up close.
Among those in Bury yesterday were Mark Ramprakash, Min Patel, Phil DeFreitas, Owais Shah and Devon Malcolm.
The match was supported by Greene King after the Bury brewer was announced as the official beer of England cricket in a five-year sponsorship deal earlier this year, with the company working closely with the PCA in support of grassroots cricket.
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Bury St Edmunds CC president David Barker, one of the match organisers, said beforehand: “The match is a unique opportunity for local people to meet some of England’s cricketing greats.
“It will be a competitive T20 game with the bonus of spectators being given the chance to meet the players.”
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The match was preceded by a corporate lunch attended by nearly 200 guests at which items of memorabilia were auctioned off by ex-England cricketer Ed Giddins.