Shropshire to blend youth and experience for Twenty20 match against RAF

Shropshire will combine youth and experience when they face the RAF’s cricketers in a special Twenty20 challenge match at Bridgnorth on Thursday (5.30pm).

Alexei Kervezee will lead a side which features Steve Leach, Shropshire’s Unicorns Championship skipper.

Hosts Bridgnorth are represented by Sam Whitney, the captain at Cricket Meadow, and Ben Lees, who will keep wicket.

The promising Lees and Wellington’s Matty Simmonds both played for Shropshire’s Academy side earlier this month while Worfield’s Ben Parker, also selected, was part of Shropshire’s Emerging Player Programme during the winter.

Bryan Jones, Shropshire’s chairman of selectors, is also looking forward to watching several other players who have been handed a chance to impress.

The game with the RAF – they also visited the county last season as part of their centenary celebrations to play Shropshire at Oswestry – will be the John Bennett memorial match in tribute to the honorary life member, former chairman and supporter of Shropshire County Cricket Club, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

It will act as useful preparation for the RAF representative side ahead of playing at Lord’s next week in the Inter-Services Twenty20 competition.

Admission to the match at Bridgnorth is free for spectators.

Shropshire: Alexei Kervezee (Halesowen, captain), Sam Ellis (Shrewsbury), Steve Leach (Shifnal), Sam Whitney (Bridgnorth), Jack Edwards (Shifnal), Ben Lees (Bridgnorth), Matty Simmonds (Wellington), Chad Brandrick (Shifnal), Ben Roberts (Oswestry), Ben Parker (Worfield), Henry Davies (Wellington).

Pictured: Shropshire will face the RAF representative side at Bridgnorth.