A CHRISTLETON Select XI will take on England’s deaf team at Little Heath on Sunday.
Christleton skipper Paul Allen – himself a member of the England squad – has arranged the club v country battle as a warm-up for the Deaf Ashes series against Australia, which runs over the next four weeks.
Allen has received special dispensation to play for Christleton, whose side will feature some players not affiliated to the Cheshire County League club.
The 23-year-old’s team-mates Iroshan de Silva, Surresh de Silva, Rick Moore and Scott Graves will be joined by Oulton Park’s Louis Bentley, Jimmy Guest, Craig Williamson and Ben Gough and Davenham’s Mark Greaves and Dean Jackson for the match, sponsored by Chester firm Adele Carr Recruitment.
Allen, of Winsford, said: “I wanted to make sure it was competitive so I have picked out some players who will challenge my international team-mates.
“I just don’t want to lose, or for the next few weeks on tour I’m going to be getting wound up by all the England boys!”
After Sunday’s one-day clash, Allen will then leave Christleton’s league campaign in the capable hands of Rick Moore as he goes on tour with England and attempts to win back the Ashes.
England will play three three-day Tests, four one-dayers and a Twenty20 game.
Allen has a good track record against the Aussies – he once took 4-17 against them to help England to victory in the 2005 Deaf Cricket World Cup semi-final.
Sunday’s match begins at 12.30pm.