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Upminster book Bopara benefit date

PUBLISHED: 08:19 13 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:19 13 February 2015

Upminster hosted a benefit match for Essex and England's Alastair Cook in 2014 and will welcome Ravi Bopara this year (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster hosted a benefit match for Essex and England's Alastair Cook in 2014 and will welcome Ravi Bopara this year (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Essex and England star to visit in August

Essex and England's Ravi Bopara has been awarded a benefit year in 2015 (pic: Tony Marshall/PA)Essex and England's Ravi Bopara has been awarded a benefit year in 2015 (pic: Tony Marshall/PA)

Upminster Cricket Club will welcome Essex for the 17th time this summer as part of Ravi Bopara’s benefit year.

The Essex League outfit have been taking on Essex XIs since 1997, hosting former England captain Alastair Cook last summer.

And they will take on Bopara and his team-mates on Sunday August 16 in one of the biggest cricketing dates on the local calendar.

A club statement said: “Upminster are pleased to announce that in 2015, for the 17th time since 1997, they will welcome an Essex CCC XI to Upminster Park.

“This year’s game will be one of the biggest occasions yet as the match will be held in aid of Essex and England star Ravi Bopara’s benefit year.”

Born in Forest Gate, Bopara attended Brampton Manor Academy school and played club cricket for Hainault & Clayhall as a youngster, before breaking into the Essex and England sides.

The 29-year-old all-rounder is currently with the national squad in Australia, preparing to play the hosts in their first match of the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne tomorrow.

The Upminster club statement continued: “As well as being one of the most entertaining and charismatic cricketers in the world, Ravi is also well known locally having started his cricketing career down the road at Hainault & Clayhall.

“Everyone at Upminster is honoured and excited to be hosting this match and would like to thank Arfan Akram and Daren Mootoo from Ravi’s Benefit Committee for their assistance and support in arranging this event.”

Bopara’s England are also set to face New Zealand (February 20), Scotland (Feb 23), Sri Lanka (March 1), Bangladesh (March 9) and Afghanistan (March 13) in their World Cup group, hoping to reach the quarter-finals.

Bopara’s Benefit Year will launch with a gala dinner at Stock Brook Manor on Saturday March 21, hosted by Ronnie Irani with guests Darren Gough, Paul Grayson and the Essex first team and guest speaker John Barnes, the former Liverpool and England footballer.

Tickets are priced £75 each, with tables of 10 available.

Email daren.mootoo@boparabenefit.com or see the website boparabenefit.com for more details.


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