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28 Apr

Yorkshire chairman to swap suit for cricket whites

On Saturday May 7, the day before Yorkshire take on Surrey in the Specsavers County Championship, I will be facing six deliveries from Yorkshire and England fast bowler Liam Plunkett, raising funds for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation.

I’ll be walking out to the middle at Headingley facing one of the fastest bowlers in international cricket. I must be deluded thinking about and watching Liam doing his stuff. However, it is all in a good cause and I hope you can play your part in finding a way of sponsoring me to take on this challenge.

What is the challenge?

You’re probably thinking that facing six balls isn’t much of a challenge but there are a couple of things to bear in mind:

1. The umpire is an old (soon to be ex) friend of mine who is a nasty piece of work and will no doubt call a lot of no-balls, thereby extending my enjoyment to many more than six deliveries.

2. Liam is fast. Very fast. Like over 90 mph fast and cricket balls are hard. I’m half-blind and last batted in anger 30 years ago.

If you need reminding what Liam is like in action here he is:

So I hope you agree it’s both a challenge and a charity worth supporting.

Donating couldn’t be easier, please just visit my Just Giving site by clicking on this link:


In case a miracle happens, and one of Liam’s deliveries actually hits my bat, he’ll be ably assisted by the “Yorkshire Wall” of Jonny Bairstow plus a slip cordon of Joe Root, Adam Lyth, Tim Bresnan, Gary Ballance, Adil Rashid, Alex Lees and David Willey. To add to my enjoyment, they’re apparently all quite good at sledging.

Slip cordon will be ready for the edge

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is a registered charity, which provides cricket based education and community programmes across Yorkshire, focussed around five core themes of:

•Health and Wellbeing
•History and Heritage

YCF’s activities are designed to make a difference in local communities, focussed on the most disadvantaged and with the emphasis on young people. They do an outstanding job with very limited resources and it would be great if you could support them by sponsoring my ordeal.

Thanks in advance for your generosity and support.

And for visiting me in hospital.

Kindest regards,

Steve Denison


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