LARGE crowds are expected at Neston Cricket Club’s picturesque ground in Parkgate for a charity match later this month.

A team of rugby league legends will take on a rugby union legends XI in a Twenty20 cricket clash on Sunday, July 15.

The fixture is the brainchild of form England rugby international player and coach Dick Greenwood, whose son Will is expected to line up in the star-studded rugby union team.

The event is being organised to raise valuable funds for children’s charity Wooden Spoon.

Local interest will focus on the inclusion of Wirral-born former England international Matt Cairns, who played for Harlequins, Saracens & Sales Sharks before recently returning to the Wirral with his family to live.

He will be joined in the rugby union XI by Matt Holt, the Australia-born Queensland Red who went on to play for Waterloo and Leeds Tykes before finishing his career at Caldy Rugby Club.

The rugby league line-up also consists of a combination of past and presents stars, which will include Andy Gregory. In a 15-year professional career, Gregory made more than 400 first-team appearances in spells at Widnes, Warrington and Wigan, and also played for Great Britain.

There will be a strong St Helens influence in the League team including Paul Wellens, the current St Helens and Great Britain player who is only one of three men in the history of the game to have won both the Lance Todd Trophy and the Man of Steel award.

He will be joined by the Samoan giant and fellow Saint Francis Meli.

Admission is £5 for adults while children under 16 get in for free. Gates open at 1pm for a 2.30pm start. Car parking is free and food and drink will be available.