Major beats Wyman in Alconbury charity cricket match

FORMER Rolling Stone Bill Wyman was among the star line-up going head to head on the cricket pitch at Alconbury on Friday for charity.

Mr Wyman, bass player with the Stones from 1962 until 1992, bowled against James Major’s team during the match in aid of MENCAP at Alconbury Sports and Social Club.

Joining him on the field were musician John Altman, and former Wimbledon and Newscastle manager Joe Kinnear. But the star power of the Bunbury cricket team was not enough to quash Major’s team which included England ladies cricket captain Charlotte Edwards, who beat their rivals with 180 runs to 176.

James Major whose parents Sir John and Dame Norma have supported the event since it started in 1990, told organisers that it felt like he had won the FA cup.

Organiser Laurence Rickard said: “At the very first event Sir John Major was invited to come and umpire the match. Dame Norma hosted the event for us this year.

“She sent me an e-mail saying ‘We had a lovely time Friday. It is a very nice family day and everybody was relaxed.’”

A raffle featuring a signed copy of one of Sir John’s books, snapped up by Mr Wyman, raised �800. Hopes are the day will have raised �3,000.

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Bunbury’s Cricket Club was set up by David English, who was awarded a CBE for his services to charity and cricket last year. The club, which boasts a long list of former TV stars, celebrities and sportsman as players, has raised more than �12 million for charity since it started 23 years ago.