50 Not Out: Big Dev hits his half century for Chance to Shine

The great and good of cricket came together on 20th June for one of Devon Malcolm’s biggest fixtures of his career his 50th birthday celebration.

Held at Brixworth Cricket Club in Northamptonshire, the event attracted 200 guests including Paul Nixon, Alex Tudor, Mark Nicholas and Phil Tufnell.

The festivities kicked off with a cricket coaching session for children from local schools in and around Brixworth, with England Women’s cricketer Tammy Beaumont and former England cricketer, Alex Tudor lending their expertise to all the youngsters.

Meanwhile, VIP guests enjoyed a welcome speech from Devon and a celebrity Q&A panel with Phil Tufnell and Paul Nixon who shared their favourite cricketing memories before heading outdoors to watch a celebrity cricket match between Devon and friends. The game got off to a good start, with Channel 5 cricket commentator Mark Nicholas scoring 50 before play was unfortunately rained off.

The celebrations ended with a lively Chance to Shine auction, which included a spectrum of tempting prizes, including a holiday to the Caribbean and tickets to the Ashes.

Speaking from the event, Devon said: “Today has been very successful I’ve had some great pals in cricket come along to support Chance to Shine and help me raise money for a worthy cause that is very close to my heart.”

“It’s been fantastic to have kids from local schools here playing cricket, there were around 80 children enjoying the game, so I hope the money raised will help to get a few more kids interested in cricket.”

Chis Tarrant added: “I think that Chance to Shine is one of the nicest charities I’ve been involved with. I think it’s a brilliant project, as it helps children realise their potential.”

“Today has been extraordinary; it’s pouring with rain but so many people have turned up because they believe in this charity and because so many people love and admire Devon Malcolm. For me personally, he’s one of my cricketing heroes.”

Chance to Shine would like to thank everyone that attended and contributed to Devon’s birthday bash, it raised over £20,000 for the programme.

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