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Charity starts at home for Colvin

Holly Colvin is not resting on her laurels following England’s wonderful victory in the Women’s Ashes.

The left-arm spinner will be back in action on Friday in a special Twenty20 match to raise money for UK charity Cricket Without Boundaries for whom she is an ambassador.

But not only is Colvin playing, she has organised the game at Arundel Castle which will raise vital funds for the HIV/AIDS and cricket development charity.

In the last year the left-arm spinner has been on CWB projects to Kenya and Uganda and she said that she hopes the match will encourage her England team-mates to follow suit.

England spinner Holly Colvin, who recently won the Women's Ashes, is hoping to raise a large sum for Cricket Without Boundaries

She said: “I had such an incredible experience in Kenya and Uganda and I wanted to do something to help raise the charity’s profile and get their message out there. I thought a game featuring some of my England team-mates would be a great way to do that.

“When I was fundraising for my trips the girls were really supportive but didn’t know much about CWB. By taking part in this game they will get the chance to meet other CWB volunteers, hear about their experiences and fully understand what the charity is all about. Hopefully it will inspire some of them to go out on trips themselves.”

As well as featuring a number of England internationals - including Colvin - the match will include a number CWB’s most high-profile supporters.

Tim Rice Oxley, pianist and songwriter in the rock band Keane, will be strapping on his pads alongside Former New Zealand international Iain O’Brien.

Supporters can click here to buy tickets for the match. Entry and light refreshment is £10 while lunch and afternoon tea is £50 per person or £500 for a table.

Off the pitch the day will be hosted by former Sussex player and MCC president John Barclay, who is director of cricket and coaching at the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation.

CWB trustee Ed Williams said: “The match will be a wonderful opportunity to raise the profile of the charity and celebrate how far we have come. Since the charity was formed in 2005 we have run 40 projects, coached over 40,000 children and trained more than 2,000 coaches across nine African countries and events like this will help us continue the work we are doing.

“It will be a wonderful day and we hope that cricket fans - whether previous volunteers or those hearing about us for the first time - will come down, enjoy a great game of cricket and find out more about CWB.”

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