BOSS at a Sookholme sports complex say a recent exhibition cricket match involving some of England’s most famous names has helped them stake a claim to host county cricket.
The John Fretwell Centre played home to a special England Legends XI match against a Warsop Invitational XI on Friday in a match which attracted around 1,000 supporters.
The match featured a variety of big names who have graced the test arena, including Devon Malcolm, Andy Caddick, Neil Fairbrother and Dominic Cork.
Bosses at the popular sporting centre organised the high-profile game as part of their overall plans to raise funds for the Warsop Sporting Trust, to boost their chances of hosting a First Class cricket match and to further raise the profile of the centre across Nottinghamshire.
Martyn Dobson, cricket development manager at the centre, said the event had been a big success.
“We wanted to put the John Fretwell Centre on the map by hosting a large event which would attract a lot of people.
“We want to show that we are capable of hosting county cricket and this match formed a significant part in our plans to make that aim possible.
“We had guests from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and I would like to think that they left impressed, the day certainly did our chances no harm at all.
“We are a multi-sport venue and we hope to push on in the coming months. We have got some great facilities.”
John Fretwell Centre currently plays home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s second string as well as Welbeck Cricket Club, who Martyn plays for.
And for Martyn the chance to play against such famous names is a moment he will never forget.
“It was fantastic to play against players who I have watched for many years on tv,” added Martyn.
“For me personally it was a great opportunity and I loved every minute of it. The match was a great occasion and a big success.