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The Warrington Wolves squad took time away from the training field on Tuesday to take part in a T20 cricket charity fundraiser in support of teammate Ben Westwood.
As part of Grappenhall Cricket Club's Betfred Big Bash the Wolves' squad competed against a team from the local club.
Competition for places in the Wolves' line-up was high but first up to test their wares were head of coaching and rugby Tony Smith and the man himself Bennie Westwood.
Other players who bowled over the crowd with their expertise with a cricket bat included: Joel Monaghan, Lee Briers, Brad Dwyer, Trent Waterhouse, Chris Hill, Willie Poching and Chris Riley. With the Aussies particularly keen to impress their British teammates.
The Wolves came out winners in the opening match of the day before the Australia Legends defeated England in the main event which featured big names from across the sport including Freddie Flintoff, Neil Fairbrother, Adam Hollioake, Andy Caddick and Mark Ramprakash for England and Simon Katich, Ian Harvey, Jason Gillespie, Jeff Thompson and Wasim Akram representing Australia.
The charity event had fantastic backing from numerous sponsors and generated a lot of interest from far and wide helping to raise funds for Grappenhall Cricket Club Pavilion Fund, the Ben Westwood Testimonial Fund and The Andrew Flintoff Foundation.
Ben Westwood said after leaving the field of play: "It's great for the lads. The sun's out and people are enjoying it. When they came to me and asked if I wanted to get involved I thought it was something different, something we haven't done before, and there are some pretty big names down here so it's nice to get involved with them.
"There have been some massive sponsors; Betfred, Malmaison Hotels, Total Steel and there's a couple of charities involved too Freddie Flintoff's charity, Harry & Co my charity and testimonial. Without these guys it wouldn't have gone ahead so thank you."
Taking in the closing stages of the opening match between Wolves and Grappenhall England Legend Freddie Flintoff said: "What I have seen has been average (laughs). I think the best player so far has been the mascot. It's nice to see them getting involved though. I think you'll find most sportsmen enjoy other sports and I think the crowd out there is enjoying seeing the Warrington lads having a go. I'm not quite sure it would work the other way around if we all started playing Rugby League, I think we are a bit too soft for that!"
Grappenhall Cricket Club captain Paul Tyerman reflected on the success of the event. "It was a fantastic day and everyone we spoke to had a great time. The Wolves lads were great sports, and as captain of the Grappers side, it was great fun playing against them. There are some decent cricketers amongst them and if they ever have a weekend off during the summer, I'm sure we could find a game for them. It was a great day and the Wolves helped to make it such a special event."
Photo gallery from the event below (and main image courtesy of Bob Brough) Other images courtesy of Neil Ashurst P&B Pictures
02, Aug, 2013