Two legends of limited over cricket are coming to the island this Saturday and Sunday for the Weekend Celebration of Cricket, which also sees the inaugural match of the Manx Gateway Club. 

Alex “Wakers” Wakely, who announced his retirement from the sport in May, and Richard Levi, known for his hard hitting explosive style, won the T20 blast twice with Northamptonshire CC’s Steelbacks in 2013 and 2016. The pair will not only be leading junior coaching sessions, but will also be captaining teams for a short format game. 

This marks the first time either man has visited the island. 

Gateway is a registered Isle of Man charity based at Centre 21 which provides recreational opportunities for disabled adults. Having only recently been introduced to Kwik Cricket by Oliver and Theo Helfrich, this weekend will see the Gamechangers inaugural game.

Schedule

Events and timings subject to change and, unless notified otherwise, all events will take place at Cronkbourne.

Saturday:

9.30am – 11am – The Manx Gateway Club Gamechangers v a Cronkbourne Junior Invitation team 

11am – 1pm – junior cricket coaching session “T20 tricks of the trade” with Alex and Levi – 30 places available at £25 (plus hotdog and drink).

2.30pm – 5.30pm – (2.30pm – 3.00pm – team warm-ups) – a short format cricket match or matches with teams captained by Alex and Levi – £5 per participant (available to adults and all juniors eligible to play hardball senior cricket).

7.30pm – late – “An evening of Q&A with Wakers and Levi” – tickets £20 over 16, £10.00 under 16 (includes curry / hotpot / veg. option). Raffle/heads ‘n tails with cricket related prizes provided by Alex.

Sunday

10.30am – 12.00pm – senior cricket coaching session “T20 tricks of the trade” with Alex and Levi – 30 places available at £25 (plus bacon bap).

Money raised from the weekend will be going to charity.

To book place(s) on any of the events listed in the schedule and for payment details or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Helen Helfrich on 456709/okrhelfrich@manx.net.

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