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World record attempt for longest run-up taking place at celebrity charity cricket match in Alcester

AN ATTEMPT to break the world record for the longest bowling run-up in a cricket match is just one of the things taking place at a grand celebrity charity game coming up at Ragley Park.
The attempt by Alcester and Ragley Park criketer, Ian Biddle, will be one of the highlights of a match organised by 19-year-old fishmonger, Harry Dyke, between the famous Bunbury Celebrity XI and Harry the Fish All Stars XI on Sunday 14th June.
The current longest bowling approach in a cricket match is 1.6 miles, set in Blackburn in 2010, but the first ball in the Ragley match will be delivered from two miles away, in Alcester

The Ragley game is a T20 match with both teams sporting a line-up of TV, film and cricket stars.
Among the names of those who have agreed to take part are former Australian bowler and self-proclaimed fastest of all time, Jeff Thomson; ex-England footballers, Paul Merson and John Solako; former England cricketers, Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Curtis, David Smith and Neal Radford, Harry Potter’s Weasley twins, James and Oliver Phelps; and blind marathon runner, Dave Heeley.
Nick Owen, presenter of BBC Midlands Today and Chairman of Luton Town Football Club, will be among celebrities attending a VIP lunch at the game.
Harry Dyke, a fourth-generation fishmonger at Hillers Farm Shop in Dunnington, is hoping to raise £20,000 on the day for two causes, the England U15 Schools cricket festival at Malvern College, and Leukaemia Research.
“I’ve lost friends and family to Leukaemia and I want to raise as much as I possibly can to help research into beating blood cancers,” said the teenager, affectionately known as Harry the Fish.
“We have lots of fabulous attractions including an auction with a star item of a guitar signed by Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.”
There will also be a tombola, a raffle, laser clay pigeon shooting, a human fruit machine, plus food and drink stalls.
The Bunbury Cricket charity was set up 28 years ago by Dr David English, former manager of the Bee Gees who has become known as the godfather of English cricket.
His Bunbury matches have raised over £16million for charity and they also fund the annual U15 schools cricket festival which has produced 62 young cricketers who have gone on to play for England, including Joe Root and Alistair Cook.
The match at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire starts at 3pm on Sunday 14th June.
Gates open at 2pm with admission £5 per person (children U12 go free).
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