The Kia Oval will be staging another high profile end of season charity match this year when a Surrey All-Stars side take on a Cricket United XI at the ground on Thursday September 22nd.
After last year’s event raised over £300,000 for Help for Heroes, this year’s game is set to the benefit the coalition of cricketing charities that come together every year as Cricket United – Chance to Shine, the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Lord’s Taverners.
Players are still to be confirmed but Surrey and England star Jason Roy has already signed up to be a part of the Surrey All Stars, who will be managed by Surrey and England legend Mark Butcher and former England captain Michael Vaughan, who memorably lifted the Ashes at The Oval in 2005, will manage the Cricket United XI.
With Roy the first player to be announced, further big names will be revealed over coming weeks – with Butcher and Vaughan both rifling through their cricketing contacts to sign up the top names!
The game is being sponsored by Yorkshire Tea, who have supported cricket for a number of years. Tickets are just £20 for adults and £1 for U16s – and are available to buy now, please click here to get yours.
Cricket United is a simple idea. Three charities, one aim: to change lives through cricket. Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund are already joining forces on Saturday 13th August, Cricket United Day, to raise funds and awareness during the final Investec Test held at the Kia Oval and the campaign will now extend to the Charity Cricket Challenge on September 22nd. Funds raised for the joint appeal are then split evenly between the charities and used to change the lives of a range of cricket beneficiaries; from children starting out in the game to professional players retiring from it.
As well as aiming to raise money for good causes, the game will once again act as a huge end of season party for the Kia Oval, which is expecting to welcome nearly 300,000 cricket fans throughout 2016 to a combination of sold out NatWest T20 Blast matches, the Final Test against Pakistan and another sold out Royal London One Day International between England and Sri Lanka.
Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “Last year’s Cricket for Heroes event was such a fantastic success that we wanted to start staging something similar on a regular basis. This match will allow cricket fans to enjoy a superb end of season T20 party in one of the country’s favourite grounds whilst also raising money for some brilliant cricketing causes that are very close to all our hearts.”
Michael Vaughan, manager of the Cricket United XI: “This is a brilliant opportunity to end the season with a party and to celebrate the excellent work which is achieved in changing lives through cricket thanks to Cricket United.
“A huge thank you has to go to Surrey CCC for this opportunity to raise extra funds for Lord’s Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund on top of Cricket United Day which returns on Saturday 13th August at the Investec Test Match against Pakistan at the Kia Oval.
“I can’t wait to go head to head with Butch in the dugout and I’ll be announcing my Cricket United XI in the coming weeks…”
Yorkshire Tea Brand Manager, Tom Blair concluded: “Yorkshire Tea has supported grassroots cricket for many years, particularly Chance to Shine and Cricket United, so we’re really excited to be able to continue this support during the Yorkshire Tea20. The atmosphere in the ground will be fantastic and we’ll be on hand with some proper brews to keep the crowds refreshed.”