Ex-England cricket stars shine in celebratory game at Odiham and Greywell

The teams line up before the game, with the England Legends in blue

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ODIHAM and Greywell opened their 250th anniversary in fine style as former England stars, including Mark Ramprakash, Dominic Cork and Philip DeFreitas, graced their King Street ground for a special Twenty20 game.

A big crowd turned out to watch the visiting Professional Cricketers Association’s England Legends team.

After a lunch and highly successful auction, the players, who had coached the colts section in the morning, took to the field to entertain the crowd.

The England Legends innings of 193-6 was built around a century stand between DeFreitas (57) and former Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath (58).

The sixes kept coming as Ramprakash hammered a rapid 41 not out, which included a maximum which landed on the scorebook, but missed scorer Peter Harding.

Scott McGaughlin (3-41) was the pick of the home bowlers, while Russell Henley (1-16) bowled tightly.

Odiham posted a very respectable 167-4 in reply, thanks to a patient 37 from John Hodgson, with Robert Walsh-Smith top scoring as he retired not out on 51.

The following day, Odiham played host to their annual game against Sir Tim Rice’s Heartaches team.

With Sir Tim recovering from knee surgery in Cornwall, the side was run by his brother, Jonathan Rice.

The highlight of the drawn game was a superb maiden century from McGaughlin as the 16-year-old retired not out on 129 out of their total of 263-4. The Heartaches made 222-7 in reply.

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