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Newmarket Cricket Club excited to welcome West Indies fast bowling legend Michael Holding to The Severals

Michael Holding – widely regarded to be one of the finest fast bowlers to have played the game – is to be the guest of honour at Newmarket Cricket Club’s home match on Saturday.

Holding, who took 249 Test wickets for the West Indies throughout the 1970s and 80s, will take in the Stampede’s clash with Waresley at The Severals (12pm).

The now Sky Sports commentator is a frequent visitor to Newmarket due to his well known love of horse racing, with the 67-year-old sharing a particularly great friendship with HQ-based trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

Michael Holding (centre) will be the guest of honour at Newmarket's home game on Saturday
Michael Holding (centre) will be the guest of honour at Newmarket's home game on Saturday

Club chairman Frank Stennett said: “To have one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket coming down to support the club and town is a very big honour.

“We are delighted to welcome Mikey Holding to The Severals – it promises to be a truly landmark day for the club.

“This would not have been possible without the organisation from the Newmarket Interfaith Forum, who have planned this day, and our other co-sponsor PhysioWork (Physiotherapy Clinics).

“We would encourage everyone young and old to come along and enjoy the event.”

Holding will be watching a Newmarket (201) side buoyed by their 57-run victory at Ufford Park (144) last weekend.

Amit Gupta starred with the bat, scoring more than half of his side’s runs with a knock of 104.

It took his run tally for the season to 359, which is more than any other batsman in the Cambs & Hunts Whitings & Partners Division Two.

Gupta also took one wicket with the ball, but it was Maxford Pipe that did much of the damage with figures of 4-23. Freddie Statham, meanwhile, took 3-28 to help wrap up the win.

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