Celebrities to turn out for 'Building for Babies' cricket match

An array of stars from sport and screen will take part in a charity cricket match for Building 4 Babies, Whittington Hospital when a North Middlesex Cricket Club Celebrity XI take on the Bunbury Cricket Club at the Park Road ground on Sunday September 16.

A sporting extravanganza has been staged for the past two years on the last day of the cricket season, to raise money for great causes. Building for Babies is trying to raise 600,000 for a Neonatal Intensive Care unit. This will allow the hospital to move, expand and purchase new equipment for sick and premature babies. To date, they have raised nearly half of the required total.

In 2005, Andrew Flintoff graced North Middlesex Cricket Club as a celebrity cricket match raised 6000 pounds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital Appeal. Over one thousand spectators turned up to enjoy the day. Last year, similar numbers swelled the ranks. The organizers expect double the number of spectators to turn out this year.

'The Pavilion', new leaseholders at North Middlesex, who have made substantial investment in the club, present a charity match to celebrate the end of another summer of cricket between David English's world famous Bunbury XI (which has raised over 10 million pounds for charity) including former England batsman Robin Smith and all-rounder Chris Lewis, current England batsman Owais Shah, ex-boxer and world middleweight champion Lloyd Honeghan, James Major, ex-British heavyweight champion Gary Mason, TalkSport's Paul Hawksbee, ITV anchorman Mark Austin, Rudolph Walker, of EastEnders fame, world record holding swimmer Mark Foster, Arsenal legend Alan Smith, and an array of junior England cricketers. The North Middlesex Cricket Club Celebrity XI will include Arsenal legends Lee Dixon and Ian Wright, Olympic rower James Cracknell, Grand National winning jockey Marcus Armytage and legendary TalkSport presenter Andy Jacobs. Ade Adepitan, the former Paralympic athlete who is an actor and presenter on BBC Television, will become the first wheelchair cricketer to play in a Bunbury match. It is expected that one of the guest umpire will be Cliff Parisi, 'Minty' of Eastenders fame. North Middlesex, who were promoted to Division 2 of the Middlesex County League on Saturday, will have several members in the Celebrity team.

Gareth A Davies, The Daily Telegraph sports writer whose North Middlesex Cricket Club Celebrity team have faced the Bunbury Cricket Club for the last three years, said: "We want to mark the occasion with a special match. The last two years have had a special atmosphere on the last day of the season, and I'm delighted that it will take place in a year when North Middlesex Cricket Club have been promoted. The Whittington Hospital is a special place, a local hospital that we should treasure and we will be looking to raise as much money as possible on the day."

"I'd like to thank the generosity, too, of the likes of Sky Sports, Frank Warren, Danny Williams, Land Rover, Chance to Shine, Sale Rugby Club, and others, for donating such generous prizes for the raffle and the auction."

Raffle and auction prizes include tickets to Joe Calzaghe/MIkkel Kessler world championship fight in Cardiff in November, Off-road training day with Land Rover, a pair of tickets to the Brands Hatch round of the World Touring Car Championships on September 23, a signed pair of boxing gloves from Danny Williams, a signed cricket bat and shirt from Monty Panesar, and many others.

David English, who has overseen the development of more than one hundred and fifty first-class cricketers and 43 England players in the 21 years he has run the England Under 15 Bunbury festival, said: "We are delighted to be coming to North Middlesex Cricket Club again. It's the last day of the season, and we are praying for a lovely day to get as many people there as possible for what will be another great match for a great cause. I'll beat Gareth Davies' Celebrity team again, you'll see!" Several of the England Under 19 cricketers - who English has tipped to make it into the England senior team, will also play in the charity cricket match.

The match will take place at 1.30 pm on Sunday 16th September 2007 at North Middlesex Cricket ground, 185a Park Road, Crouch End, London N8.

Other attractions include a fun fair, bouncy castle, bar, restaurant. There is also a football skills display (in the morning), junior cricket match (morning) and martial arts display (morning), and raffles and auctions of sporting memorabilia from many British sports stars. Prizes include tickets to boxing, rugby and motor racing, signed cricket bats, boxing gloves and more. All proceeds to Building 4 Babies.

For more info call:

Steve Young (The Pavilion at North Middlesex Cricket Club) 0208 883 1394

David English 0208 959 0380

Gareth A Davies 07770 382112

Carrie Reiners/Deborah Goodhart (Building 4 Babies) 0207 288 5641

For more information on Building 4 Babies please click here.
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