Shropshire to face RAF cricketers in Twenty20 challenge match at Bridgnorth

Shropshire County Cricket Club will host the RAF representative side in a special Twenty20 challenge match at Bridgnorth Cricket Club next week.

The game takes place next Thursday, May 23, starting at 5.30pm.

It 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.

Shropshire faced the RAF at Oswestry Cricket Club last May as part of the RAF’s centenary celebrations, with the fixture the final match of a tour of the Midlands.

Shropshire were winners on that occasion by 58 runs, with young all-rounder Sam Ellis named as man of the match.

Richard Lees, the Shropshire secretary, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming the RAF representative side back to the county.

“It was a great occasion when we played them at Oswestry, so we look forward to hosting them once again, this time at Bridgnorth.

“It will be good preparation for the RAF side ahead of playing at Lord’s the following week in the Inter-Services Twenty20 competition.

“We plan to field a team featuring both senior and academy players, and it promises to be an exciting game, so hopefully the weather will be kind.”

Admission is free for spectators.

Pictured: The Shropshire and RAF teams line up together after last year’s match at Oswestry.