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Upminster get ready for Ravi

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 August 2015

Ravi Bopara in batting action for Essex Eagles against Middlesex at Colchester (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Ravi Bopara in batting action for Essex Eagles against Middlesex at Colchester (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex XI visit for Bopara’s benefit match

Upminster welcome Essex and England’s Ravi Bopara for his benefit match on Sunday (1.30pm) and are hoping for another big turnout.

A huge crowd saw Alastair Cook’s match last season and club spokesman Paul Middlemiss says this year’s clash has extra significance.

He said: “It’s extra special with Ravi as he is a local lad and played in the Essex League for years.

“We’re looking forward to the day, hopefully the weather will be good to us. The match is bit earlier than normal this year, but we hope the local community and local cricket fans will support the event as they always do. We’re very grateful we get to host this game each year.”

Upminster’s first team earned a much-needed win in their relegation battle last weekend and Middlemiss added: “Some good results last weekend have given everyone a lift and we hope that positive vibe continues this Saturday and Sunday.”

Upminster captain John Curtis added: “It will be a good day, hopefully the weather is good. We had lots of people down for Cook’s benefit last year and Bopara is a big name so sure we will have lots again.

“It is an honour to play in these type of games to be honest so it should be good fun again.

“I have never done that well in these matches, last year I got smashed all over by Nick Browne. I bowled a maiden to Jaik Mickleburgh once and have picked up a couple of wickets, but I can’t remember who now.

“It is normally just a good bit of fun and we get a big crowd over there.”

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