Former England star backs Welbeck Cricket Club’s county dream

Former England cricketer Paul Nixon takes a coaching session at the Sheffield Indoor Cricket Centre
Former England cricketer Paul Nixon takes a coaching session at the Sheffield Indoor Cricket Centre
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Former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon is backing Welbeck Colliery Cricket Club’s bid to host a first class county game.

Welbeck hope to host a Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club first team game in the near feature and will be showcasing what they have to offer when they play host to a Greene King England Legends match.

The England side, which will feature the likes Steve Harmison, Mark Ramprakash, Owais Shah, Shaun Udal and Alex Tudor, will face a Welbeck Invitational XI in T20 action at Welbeck on 29th August.

The former Leicestershire star knows the magic of T20 cricket after he lifted the domestic T20 cup in 2011 in his final game before retirement.

Said Nixon: “This is a great chance for the club to show off their facilities and what they can do.

“Welbeck has some excellent facilities and made a big success of the previous England Legends match held last year.

“It is always great for a player to go to grounds around their county and get away from games in city centres.

“As a player I always enjoyed them. As long as the club has good facilities and a good wicket then it is fine playing first team games there.”

Last year the mouth-watering clash attracted more than 1,000 spectators as fans flocked to take a glimpse of some of England’s biggest names.

The event will include coaching sessions with youngsters and a lunch followed by the main event.

And Nixon, who made his international debut in a T20 match against Australia in January 2007 when he scored 31 not out off 22 balls, is expecting another fun-filled event.

“It is great to be a part of a game like this and a great chance for cricket fans in the area to see some big name players,” added Nixon.

“We are a well oiled unit and are unbeaten in three years and will obviously be looking to keep that run going.

“We will spar with the opposition the early stages and test them out to see how good they are.

“The game will be a lot of fun, but it will also be competitive. There is a great buzz about cricket in Nottinghamshire and it should be a great event.

“It will be nice to see some familiar faces and have some banter in the dressing room. The banter is what you really miss when you retire.”

Tickets for the England Legends game are on sale now. Adults are priced at £5 in advance (£7 on the day), 11 to seven-year-olds are £3 (£5 on the day) and under 11s free.

To book your tickets, reserve seats in corporate hospitality or for more details, call 01623 847468 or email mark.waterfield@w-s-t.co.uk.