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Hosting Bury St Edmunds side beat PCA England Legends team containing likes of Mark Ramprakash, Matthew Hoggard, Devon Malcolm and Motny Panesar in entertaining club and NHS fund-raising game




Around 500 spectators saw Bury St Edmunds beat the PCA England Legends by three wickets with one ball to spare.

The match, held at the Victory Ground on Friday, was the first major sporting event to take place in Suffolk since the easing of lockdown restrictions.

The Twenty/20 fixture, which had been delayed for a year due to Covid-19, saw the PCA England Legends score 161-4, with Usman Afzaal top-scoring with 64 off 45 balls, which included 12 fours and one six.

PCA England Legends batsman Mark Ramprakash turns the ball away on the leg side during his innings watched by Bury St Edmunds wicket-keeper Alfie Marston Picture: Nick Garnham
PCA England Legends batsman Mark Ramprakash turns the ball away on the leg side during his innings watched by Bury St Edmunds wicket-keeper Alfie Marston Picture: Nick Garnham

He shared a third-wicket partnership of 115 with Mark Ramprakash, who ended undefeated on 38 off 43 deliveries.

Bury's Max Dias, who caught and bowled Afzaal and also dismissed opener Ali Brown for a second-ball duck, was the pick of the bowlers with 2-18 off his four overs.

His team-mate Alfie Marston then struck 36 of the first 48 runs, with four boundaries and three sixes off only 18 balls received, being particularly severe on spinner Monty Panesar.

PCA England Legends skipper Alex Tudor (second right of group) is congratulated after taking one of his two wickets in the fund-raising match with Bury St Edmunds Picture: Nick Garnham
PCA England Legends skipper Alex Tudor (second right of group) is congratulated after taking one of his two wickets in the fund-raising match with Bury St Edmunds Picture: Nick Garnham

The loss of Marston was the first of three wickets to fall for the addition of only one run as opposing skipper Alex Tudor produced a sharp spell to dismiss both openers.

Sean Park (44 off 27 balls) and Josh Cantrell (17 off 20) then added 62 for the fourth wicket, before Matt Doran (27 off 15) and Ben Whittaker (16 not out off 15) guided Bury towards their target.

The PCA England Legends team also included the likes of Devon Malcolm, who also played for Suffolk later in his career, and Matthew Hoggard.

The afternoon kicked off with 230 guests sitting down to a three-course lunch, which also included an auction and a Q&A session with Ramprakash and Hoggard and hosted by Tudor.

Bury St Edmunds opener Alfie Marston reverse sweeps Monty Panesar in the fund-raising match with PCA England Legends at the Victory Ground Picture: Nick Garnham
Bury St Edmunds opener Alfie Marston reverse sweeps Monty Panesar in the fund-raising match with PCA England Legends at the Victory Ground Picture: Nick Garnham

Proceeds from the match will go towards a new state-of-the-art three-lane net facility at the ground, after an appeal was recently launched to raise the £60,000 required.

Bury St Edmunds CC will also be making a donation to the NHS and provided free tickets for employees at the West Suffolk Hospital to attend Friday’s match.

It is not yet known how much was raised but Bury St Edmunds CC chairman Paul Whittaker said: “It was a tremendous day with a large crowd who thoroughly enjoyed an exciting game and the entertainment.

Monty Panesar bowling for PCA England Legends as Bury St Edmunds opener and skipper Ben Seabrook looks on at the non-striker's end alongside umpire John Stuck Picture: Nick Garnham
Monty Panesar bowling for PCA England Legends as Bury St Edmunds opener and skipper Ben Seabrook looks on at the non-striker's end alongside umpire John Stuck Picture: Nick Garnham

“We succeeded in raising money for both the West Suffolk Hospital Charity and our new outdoor practice facility.”

Club president David Barker added: “The PCA England Legends acquitted themselves well despite many of them not playing for almost two years.

Sam Aldous of Bury St Edmunds bowls to PCA England Legends batsman Mark Ramprakash Picture: Nick Garnham
Sam Aldous of Bury St Edmunds bowls to PCA England Legends batsman Mark Ramprakash Picture: Nick Garnham

“The guests really enjoyed being able to meet friends and colleagues for the first time in many months in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.”

The PCA England Legends agreed to a return match as part of Greene King’s sponsorship of the England team to mark the centenary of the Victory Ground.

PCA England Legends batsman Usman Afzaal flicks the ball off his hip during his innings of 64 off 45 balls against Bury St Edmunds Picture: Nick Garnham
PCA England Legends batsman Usman Afzaal flicks the ball off his hip during his innings of 64 off 45 balls against Bury St Edmunds Picture: Nick Garnham

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