Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust looks to the stars

From left, Darren Bicknell, Sir Tim Rice and Mike Gatting. Photo: Phil O'Brien

From left, Darren Bicknell, Sir Tim Rice and Mike Gatting. Photo: Phil O'Brien

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ACADEMY Award-winning lyricist and cricket fanatic Sir Tim Rice’s Heartaches team took on a Duchess of Rutland XI assembled by Belvoir Cricket Club’s Darren Bicknell at Knipton on Friday.

As well as the match played in the afternoon, the cricketing VIPs – including former England skipper Mike Gatting and new MCC president Phillip Hodson – got the chance to check out the work of Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust, with 70 local youngsters, aged between six and 11, taking part in a regular Trust coaching session in the evening.

Trust director Darren Bicknell said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the children to meet some of the cricketing VIPs. Our work in 2011 will involve over 2,400 local children and I hope that the match will be a chance to build the profile of the Trust’s work in the cricketing community.

“It was a fabulous day and we got very lucky with the weather.”

Lord’s Taverners chief executive Matthew Patten top-scored for the Rutland XI with 58, whilst Gatting struck a fluent 46 off 42 balls before his spectacular dismissal by Patten’s one-handed catch on the boundary which broke a potential match-winning stand of 84 from 67 balls.

Heartaches opener Torquil Riley-Smith notched up a ton but the Duchess’s side took the friendly match by seven runs.

l Belvoir Castle Cricket Trust is a registered charity and relies on funding and donations to survive. Its next high profile match takes place at Knipton on Thursday (June 23) when the Duchess of Rutland XI will host an MCC side. The match starts at 1pm.