England ace DeFreitas and Sporting Legends ready for Wisborough Green bash

Former England international Phil DeFreitas
Former England international Phil DeFreitas

Former England ace Phillip DeFreitas says he can’t wait to lead his Sporting Legends team out at Wisborough Green in a charity cricket bash on Thursday.

Wisborough Green Cricket Club chairman Steve Calder Smith has issued an open invite for spectators to join them on the green to celebrate their landmark 275th anniversary.

The iconic village setting has hosted cricket for 275 years and the celebratory cricket match will be held on the day to commemorate this birthday.

The T20 match will start around 3pm the legends team boasting four international cricketers - DeFreitas, Dean Headley, Corey Collymore and Owais Shah.

Two former international former footballers Paul Walsh and David Hurst will also be in attendance.

DeFreitas said: “I am very much looking forward to catching up with many of his friends at Wisborough Green Cricket Club and to taking on the Wizzy boys at this celebration cricket event.”

Around 250 guests will be attending a sold-out lunch in a marquee on the green, but spectators can still enjoy the occasion.

Junior cricket kicks the day off with a few matches of quick cricket in the morning.

The bar will be open from 11am while other fun elements see the opportunity to take a selfie with Kokosa, a celebrity camel, test your tennis service speed, enjoy a barbeque or ice cream, join in the raffle and win £250 by guessing closest to the score of the Sporting Legends team.

Evening entertainment continues at the Cricketers Arms where a band and hog roast are organised.

The event sees the club trying to raise money not just for its own coaching and junior development infrastructure, but also for Chestnut Tree House.

The children’s hospice for East and West Sussex and South East Hampshire that cares for 300 children and young adults with progressive life-shortening conditions.

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