Footballers pad up for quick stint at the wicket

Rocastle Test 2011
Rocastle Test 2011

LUTHER Blissett got the better of Perry Groves as the two former football stars went head-to-head on the cricket pitch.

The ex-professionals took teams to Hemel Hempstead Town Cricket Club for the Rocastle Test 2011 – a charity match to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

And the Luther Blissett XI scraped to a six-run win over the Perry Groves World XI to take the spoils.

Blissett’s side batted first, with Royston player Mick Miller (70) helping them to a total of 208-7 off their 40 overs.

Hemel Town U15 player Will Langley also pitched in with 57, while Groves (0-15) and Ashley Walcott (2-35) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply, Hemel Town II player Josh Graves starred for the Perry Groves World XI, smashing 104 – but he could not prevent his side slipping to the defeat.

Blissett put in a good stint with the ball, taking 1-35 from his six overs.

Arsenal Herts and Beds were the driving force behind the day, and chairman Ben Roberts said: “It was a close game, a lot of fun, and good money was made for MNDA.”

Donations can still be made to the charity by texting ROCK 67 and the amount to 70070.