Edinburgh to face Eastern Knights in T20 charity match
Two great sports will collide this summer with Edinburgh’s players set to swap boots and shorts for bats and cricket whites.
In a game organised via Cricket Scotland, an Edinburgh select side will take on the Eastern Knights, the Edinburgh-based team in the Tilney Regional series, in a charity T20 match at The Grange on Friday 26 July in the 'Battle of the Capital'.
Supporting Heart of Scotland, Ronald McDonald House Charities and The Brain Tumour Charity, the event will see food and drink outlets pitch up at The Grange for a family-friendly event.
A Kids Zone will be in operation for the charity match, providing children the opportunity to try both cricket and rugby.
Tickets are available now and are priced at £10 for the family, £5 for general admission and £2 for students/children.
Attack Coach Duncan Hodge – who played age-grade cricket for Scotland – will be one of Edinburgh’s players on the day and he has called for the capital public to get behind the match.
“Myself and many of the squad are keen cricketers so the chance to play against the Knights will be great fun, and it is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and some money for some brilliant charities,” said Hodge.
“I know the Edinburgh players included in the squad are really up for the match and hope they can do themselves justice! Simon Hickey has played to a very good level, while the South African boys think they can play too.
“Hopefully we can provide some entertainment against a really talented Eastern Knights team. This match is all about having fun, but more importantly raising money.
“Hopefully plenty of supporters will come along, meet the players and get behind what is set to be a great evening of cricket.”
Stevie Gilmour, Head Coach of Eastern Knights, said: “We are really excited about hosting Edinburgh Rugby at The Grange in our first ever charity T20 event.
“Edinburgh’s finest cricket and rugby players will hopefully be putting on a great evening of entertaining cricket and we may even have a wee game of touch rugby to warm up!
“More importantly, we are hoping to raise some money for three fantastic charities in The Brain Tumour Charity, Heart of Scotland and Ronald McDonald House Charities that have a strong connection to both clubs.”