Bowled over by those top-flight rugby boys
THE battle for the Ashes may be over for another two years but the competitive juices – ahem – will still be flowing at a cricket match in Gloucester this weekend.
A host of premiership rugby players slog it out for the coveted R4H 2013 Cricket Challenge Cup at the Gloucester City Winget Club on Sunday.
Gloucester's Mike Tindall (pictured), Leicester Tigers' Anthony Allen and Ryan Lamb, Worcester's Alex Grove and Northampton Saints' Dominic Waldouck will all compete for the prize.
Even Gloucester legends Chris Forty and Henry Paul will be putting their pads on to help raise money for Rugby for Heroes which helps the country's military make their transition back into civilian life and cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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The event also includes stalls run by local businesses, games, a barbecue and a bar to sit back with a pint and soak up what we hope will be sunny weather.
Alan Lamb, head fundraiser at the charity, said: "It's going to be played in a fun spirit even though the guys are bound to take things competitively as they always do.
"Everybody is going to have a go at bowling and you can imagine some of them are going to be way off the mark, throwing it 10 ft in the air.
"It's a great day out for the family and everybody is looking forward to it.
"Obviously with the Ashes and the end of the cricket season on Saturday it follows on from that nicely."
Headquartered in Gloucester, the Rugby For Heroes charity was formed by a group of professional rugby players who wanted to show their support and patriotism for military servicemen and women.
They run rugby-based summer camps for military families, organise fundraising events throughout the year and offer a support and mentorship programme for personnel who return from active duty.
Admission for the match – which starts at 10.30am on Sunday – is free with voluntary donations for the charity welcome.