Mark Ramprakash provided the highlight of a tremendously successful Legends v Locals T20 day at Elland on Thursday.
The former England Test star – now 44 and with a hundred first-class centuries under his belt – hammered the Howarth Timberwolves (Locals) for a rapid 101 in a team total of 251.
Not only that, but he hit six sixes in one over off former Elland player Reece Jennison, who is now at Blackley CC.
Organiser Richard Blakey, who kept wicket for the Legends team, takes up the story.
“It was a fantastic knock by Ramps off not too many deliveries, and his six sixes in one over was just spectacular,” he explained.
“Elland is not the smallest ground and they were massive hits – right down to the far wall.
“All the Legends really enjoyed the occasion, they all bought into the spirit of it and there was some smashing cricket entertainment for the crowd that turned up, which must have been 800 or 900.”
A lunch was held in the Baines Hall at which 230 guests were seated, and there was plenty of family entertainment through the afternoon before a Q&A session involving some of the former England players, who boasted over 250 Test caps between them.
“It was absolutely packed in the Hall and the whole event was well supported,” added Blakey.
“All the Legends were signing autographs and having pictures taken – Ramps is still very popular with the ladies following his dancing exploits on Strictly Come Dancing! – and it was great that the weather smiled on us as well, which always helps.”
The Timberwolves got 160 in reply, Elland’s Fahid Rehman the top scorer with a half century.
The Legends squad included Alex Tudor, Andy Caddick, Anthony McGrath, Chris Schofield, Devon Malcolm, Dominic Cork, Ramprakash, Paul Nixon, Phil Defreitas, Blakey and Gavin Hamilton.
The Timberwolves were led by Elland’s Greg Finn and included Rehman, Johnny Smailes (MCC), Tim Cartwright of Howarth Timber, Jennison, Matt Prosser (Barwick-in-Elmet), Tom Binns (Almondbury Wes), Will Fraine (Honley), Keir Litjens (Northowram), Dan Keighley (SBCI CC), Jack Hartley (Bradford & Bingley), Alec Jakeman (Honley) and Tom and Jack Earle (Mytholmroyd).
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