SOUTHERN Vipers’ Charlotte Edwards, Maia Bouchier and Georgia Adams have been added to all-star line-ups for a Broadhalfpenny Down charity match.

Broadhalfpenny Down, the location of the inaugural First-Class match in June 1772, will welcome a number of cricketing stars this month as the famed ground hosts celebratory matches to mark the 250th anniversary of the first ever match.

The first of these fixtures – a mixed match on Friday, June 24 – will see a Hampshire All Star XI face an All England XI with a host of stars confirmed to feature.

Charlotte Edwards joins Mark Nicholas and Chris Tremlett as confirming their participation in Friday’s 30-over charity match with Southern Vipers duo Georgia Adams and Maia Bouchier also to feature.

Former England captain, Edwards said: “Broadhalfpenny Down is steeped in cricketing history and this year’s anniversary is a significant one.

“I’m thrilled to be involved in the celebratory match and am excited to mark such a special occasion in the history of the game we all love.

“Hambledon is a beautiful setting in which to play and watch and I am looking forward to the celebrations of the historic match and famed ground continuing throughout the year.”

The All England XI also includes representatives from the MCC and England Disability Cricket, and well-known cricket writers and actors, who will be playing in commemorative kit provided by The Barmy Army.

Mike Beardall, chairman of the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust said: "The cradle of cricket is one of the jewels in the crown of the game and it is great to see so many famous names joining us to celebrate this important event in the development of the sport we all love.”

Tickets for the match – which starts at 1:30pm – are available now and priced at £10 for Adults and Under 17s for free. All proceeds from the charity match go to support the work of the Broadhalfpenny Down Preservation Trust.

Tickets for Friday’s match also grant admission to a second charity match hosted at Broadhalfpenny Down on Saturday, June 25.

Saturday’s match, starting at 1:30pm, will see a Southern Vipers XI face a South East Stars XI representing All England with standalone tickets for Saturday’s match available for £5, and Under 17s going free.

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