Broadhalfpenny Down, the home of the Hambledon Club, and location of the inaugural First-Class match in June 1772, will welcome a number of cricketing stars this month as the famed ground hosts celebratory matches to mark the 250th anniversary of the first ever match.
The first of these fixtures – a mixed match on Friday 24th June – will see a Hampshire All Star XI face an All England XI with a host of stars confirmed to feature. Charlotte Edwards joins Mark Nicholas and Chris Tremlett as confirming their participation in Friday’s 30-over charity match with Southern Vipers' Georgia Adams also to feature in the red-ball match.
The All England XI also includes representatives from the MCC and England Disability Cricket, and well-known cricket writers and actors who will be playing in commemorative kit provided by The Barmy Army.
Tickets for Friday’s match – which starts at 1:30pm – are available now and priced at £10 for Adults and Under 17s for free. All proceeds from the charity match go to support the work of the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust.
"Broadhalfpenny Down is steeped in cricketing history and this year’s anniversary is a significant one. I’m thrilled to be involved in the celebratory match and am excited to mark such a special occasion in the history of the game we all love. Hambledon is a beautiful setting in which to play and watch and I am looking forward to the celebrations of the historic match and famed ground continuing throughout the year."
Charlotte Edwards, Southern Vipers Head Coach and former England captain
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