Test stars Headley, DeFreitas and Collymore playing in Bank Holiday T20 at Exmouth
FORMER Test stars Phil deFreitas, Dean Headley and Corey Collymore are playing in a charity tournament at Exmouth on Sunday.
Exmouth and Topsham St James have committed sides to take part in the four-team tournament, against invitation teams made up of players from around the country.
Fast bowler Headley and all-rounder deFreitas both played for England – Collymore starred for the West Indies between 1999 and 2007.
The highlight of Headley’s international career was a man-of-the-match-winning performance of six for 60 in the 98/99 Ashes test at the MCG.
He also had an impressive county career, representing Kent and Middlesex and amassing nearly 500 First Class wickets.
Co-organiser Paul Baker said “We’re so happy to have a bowler of Deans calibre signed up. We all remember that amazing performance in the Ashes, and I’m sure his appearance will add to the excitement already building around ET20.
DeFreitas will be returning to Exmouth for the first time since he played there in 2004 for Leicestershire in the C&G Trophy against Devon.
The game was an historic one for Devon’s amateurs, who defeated the First Class side in the last over with nine wickets down.
Devon had never beaten a professional side in the competition before – in fact there had only been 10 previous upsets in the previous 41 years!
The cricket starts at 10am with the final due at around 7pm. The entertainment goes on long into the evening with Exeter-based singer Ruby May Spencer performing.
During breaks in the live music there is a disco and a raffle and auction.
Shirts signed by Kevin Peitersen and Jimmy Anderson are among the items donated.
The event is the latest fund-raiser organised by Baker and his old university housemate Judd Doughty to help the two charities.
“Between us, we have run and cycled or cycled and run in order to raise more than £7,000 for the Cots for Tots Appeal and the Brain Tumour Charity,” said Baker, who works for East Devon District Council.
“We are grateful for the effect that they have had on our lives and want to do what we can to help them continue with the great work that they do.
“The event is an extension of garden cricket from our university days, hopefully with more spectators and fewer broken windows.
“We are aiming to create a really fun event, with some exciting cricket providing the focal point.
“We hope people will come and join us, have a great day and raise lots of money for two amazing charities.”
A handful of places remain in the invitation teams for local players who would like to join in.
The signing-on fee is £25 and includes a limited edition playing shirt plus food and drink during the day.
Contact Baker on 07971 078664 to sign on. For more about the Exmouth T20 follow this link