St Fagans Cricket Club, just outside Cardiff, will again be the setting for a special celebration cricket match on Friday 27th June as Matthew Maynard brings a star-studded team to play the local side, with the profits going to the Tom Maynard Trust.
St Fagans was where Tom played most of his club cricket in Wales, following in the footsteps of his father, himself also a St Fagans stalwart, and the match has a special poignancy for the Maynard family because of their close connections with the club. The Invitation XI is being sponsored by Abbey Glass and CPS.
Confirmed for Matthew’s team are current West Indies T20 skipper, Darren Sammy; South African international Jacques Rudolph; former England stars Ian Salisbury and Simon Jones; former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey; former Essex Captain Paul Prichard; and Welsh boxing legend Joe Calzaghe; and they are joined by current Glamorgan captains Mark Wallace and Jim Allenby. Former Wales rugby union internationals Nicky Robinson and Rhys Williams, the latter also a Trust Patron, are lined up to play, along with, of course, Matthew himself. A number of current Glamorgan players will also be in attendance on the day.
Matthew Maynard said:
“I’m really looking forward to the day and we have some fantastic names lined up to play. Andrew Fintoff, one of our four Patrons, committed to playing a while back but has subsequently dipped his toe back into the water with Lancashire. However I’m told there’s still a chance he’ll be able to join us and play, which would be brilliant. Last year’s event was wonderful, but the rain frustrated us, so we’re really hoping for some sunshine. As always, St Fagans have done us proud with their organizing and it’ll be a really enjoyable day.”
The Twenty20 match itself starts at 3pm and will be preceded by a special marquee lunch, now sold out, with entertainment being provided by Rod Woodward. Robert Croft, a long time playing colleague of Matthew’s, will run a special auction.
The match is open to the general public, with admission £5 for adults and children being admitted free of charge. There will be a barbeque in the late afternoon.
More information is available by visiting the St Fagans Cricket Club website: http://stfaganscricketclub.com/