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Local youngsters to join Bopara’s big night

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 June 2015

Ravi Bopara is having a benefit year at Essex in 2015 (pic: PA)

Ravi Bopara is having a benefit year at Essex in 2015 (pic: PA)

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Newham children invited to Ravi’s All Stars clash

Newham youngsters will be looking to bowl the crowd over at a special benefit match for Essex and England’s Ravi Bopara in aid of five charities on Thursday.

Pupils from Brampton Manor, Cumberland, Lister and Rokeby schools and the West Ham, Newham and Cricket Club Academy clubs will help to entertain spectators ahead of the match at the Essex County Ground in Chelmsford.

And councillor Ken Clark, cabinet member for building communities, public affairs, planning and regeneration, paid tribute to Bopara, saying: “Ravi is a local boy who has achieved fantastic success and we are very proud of him.

“I am delighted he has remembered his Newham roots and donated tickets so schoolchildren, and potential future top class cricketers, can take part in his special day.

“It is another fantastic example of how our community neighbourhood teams work to bring people of all ages together.”

The visit has been organised by Newham Council’s community neighbourhood team, who work with volunteers to run activities and events that have a positive impact on the borough’s residents.

Bopara attended Brampton Manor and Barking Abbey schools and provided the tickets so the schoolchildren from his home borough can enjoy and take part in the evening.

The children will play Kwik Cricket games between 4.45pm-5.30pm, before watching a special match between Essex and Ravi’s All Stars, which starts at 6.30pm and has been organied to mark his service to Essex.

Bopara has spent his entire career at the club since making his debut in 2002 and his All Stars include a number of other top cricketers such as Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Moeen Ali and Sohail Tanveer.

Tickets can still be bought for the game and more information can be found at boparabenefit.com.


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