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Ex England cricket legend shines at awards night

NAWN 1403272AM7 Collingham CC dinner at WGC. Alan Bedford, Peter Rogerson, Geoff Alott and Ken Heany. (1403272AM7)

NAWN 1403272AM7 Collingham CC dinner at WGC. Alan Bedford, Peter Rogerson, Geoff Alott and Ken Heany. (1403272AM7)

Former England wicketkeeper Richard Blakey lent his hand to Collingham and Linton Cricket Club last week at one of the club’s annual fundraisers.

Collingham hosted its annual dinner at Wetherby Golf Club last Thursday and the former Yorkshire cricketer amused more than 80 club members as the guest speaker.

The Aire Wharfe League club raised £1,500 from the evening.

Ram Mylvaganam, Collingham chairman, said: “Many people have said to me afterwards that this was one of the best meals we have had as a club.

“It was good for raising money for the club.

“To run a club like Collingham we need funds. This is a very useful contribution.“

Blakey, 47, made more than 700 appearances for Yorkshire and he was instrumental in Yorkshire’s successful 2001 County Championship campaign.

The cricketer also played two Test matches for England during his 18-year playing career.

During the dinner he told tales of his Yorkshire playing days and used props to demonstrate former teammates, including fast bowler Steve Kirby.

He also auctioned off a signed photo of England legend Ian Botham and a picture of Shane Warne taking his 700th Test match wicket.

“It was really special evening,” said Mr Mylvaganam.

“Richard brought great props with him and he was really amusing.”

Collingham has also announced it will host an exhibition match against world famous team Lashings XI on Sunday, June 22.

The match will take place after the Collingham Summer Gala.

Former West Indies Test match cricketers Courtney Walsh and Sulieman Benn have agreed to play for the touring club.

Mr Mylvaganam arranged the clash after calling in a favour from school friend and former West Indies opening batsman Gordon Greednidge.

He added: “I said to Gordon, you have to come and help my club. He went to the team and they agreed.

“It’s a massive coup for the club. It will be a brilliant day.”

 

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