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First Team To Pad Up!

2 July 2013

Preston North End’s first team will swap lilywhite for whites during pre-season with a specially arranged cricket match.

The game will see the first team take on a Simon Grayson select XI at Preston Cricket Club on South Meadow Lane on Sunday 21st July with the first ball set to be bowled at 1.30pm.

It will be a T20 over game with a real competitive edge which is open to anyone to attend, with no charge for entry at the Broadgate based venue.

Specially produced scorecards will be on sale on the day with other activities going on around the boundary to help raise money for the Sir Tom Finney Foundation.

Speaking about the event, manager Simon Grayson – whose brother Paul is a former professional cricketer and current head coach of first class county Essex – is looking forward to turning his arm over and taking on his players.

“It’s something different; it’s a little bit of a light-hearted game.

“Don’t get me wrong, no matter who is playing against each other we will want to do well and it will be a game where we want to make sure we can get a lot of people to come and see the players in a different light and a different environment and have a bit of a laugh and a joke.

“Footballers might be able to kick the ball around, but you watch them in a different sport and they are completely hopeless. So it will be a laugh and a joke and if we raise some money for the Sir Tom Finney Foundation then it will be another worthwhile cause and we will get a good day out of it for everyone.”

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