Test stars on parade for annual cricket challenge

International cricket stars are heading to the county this week to take part in Shropshire County Cricket Club's annual ResourceBank Challenge match.

A number of players with experience at the highest level of the game will line up for a star-studded Invitational XI to face Shropshire's Unicorns Championship side at Wrekin College on Thursday.

The Test stars on parade will include experienced Pakistan international all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, Indian opening batsman Wasim Jaffer and West Indies paceman Corey Collymore.

Zimbabwean Trevor Garwe, another man with international experience, will also feature along with Cambridge University captain Alasdair Pollock.

The match will be played over two innings of 20 overs per side and be the showpiece of Shropshire's hugely popular annual hospitality event which will attract a crowd of more than 600 people. 

More than 50 tables have been sold with guests watching the cricket from a marquee on the edge of the boundary while enjoying sumptuous food and drink throughout the day.

It is an ideal opportunity for Shropshire's business fraternity to relax and network at the same time while also having the chance to watch some top quality cricket.  

"We will have more than 630 guests in the marquee and we are very much looking forward to another fantastic day," said event organiser Toby Shaw, the chairman of Shropshire County Cricket Club.

"This has become the premier social event for the business community and that's reflected by the support it continues to enjoy.

"We are very pleased to again be hosting it and we are very grateful to Richard Pearson and ResourceBank for their continued support.

"It's now been eight years since we set up the event and it's gone from strength to strength.

"We are delighted by the quality of players who will be taking part this year. To have attracted international cricketers like Abdul Razzaq, Corey Collymore and Wasim Jaffer is tremendous and it shows the high regard people have for this event and that it's something they want to be part of." 

Mr Shaw added: "We have two speakers lined up of great calibre, but I'll leave their identity as a nice surprise to the guests on the day.

"We will also have an auction and there are some really exciting items for guests to bid for."

This year's chosen charity, Shrewsbury Drapers Company, are also set to benefit from the generosity of the local business community via a donation from Shropshire CCC.

Cricket lovers are very welcome to come along to Wrekin College on Thursday and enjoy the action. Admission is free and the first ball will be bowled at 11am.

Pictured: How it will look at Wrekin College on Thursday, with the scene captured at a previous Shropshire CCC ResourceBank Challenge match.

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