TV stars at the crease

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Stars from the popular TV soap opera Emmerdale will take on an MP and celebrities team in a charity cricket match being held in Buxton next month.

Organised by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, the game is taking place on Sunday June 2 and will raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

The Emmerdale All-Stars team is captained by Matthew Wolfenden, who plays David Metcalfe, and includes Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard, Chris Bisson who plays Jai Sharma, Bhasker Patel, who plays Rishi Sharma, Frazer Hines, who played Joe Sugden for over 20 years, and former county cricketer Ashley Metcalfe.

The MPs and celebrities team, captained by Andrew Bingham, includes Blue Peter presenter Barney Harwood, Glossop entrepreneur and star of The Apprentice Adam Corbally, Nitin Ganatra, who plays Masood Ahmed in Eastenders, former children’s TV presenter Andy Crane, and former England and county cricketer Paul Nixon.

Buxton Natural Mineral Water are the main sponsors of the match, which is taking place at Buxton Cricket Ground, and a number of other local businesses, individuals and organisation including Dow Chemicals, CEMEX, Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa company, Pak-Pro, Emma McClarkin MEP, HD Sharma, Buxton Brewery, The Old Hall Hotel, No 6 The Square Tearooms, Federal Mogul, Cottage Craft Spirals, Tarmac Lafarge and Al’s Taxis, are also sponsoring the game.

Mr Bingham said: “The air ambulance is a fantastic cause and all proceeds from the match will be going to them.”

Gates at Buxton Cricket Ground will open at noon on June 2 and the first ball will be bowled at 2pm.

Tickets are £5 on the gate, under-16s free.