Sky News reporter aims to hit 50 for Chance to Shine

To celebrate turning 50, legendary Sky News sports reporter Jon Desborough is organising a charity fundraising cricket match between his Celebrity Dream XI and local club Harpenden CC in Hertfordshire, with the aim of raising £50,000 for of Chance to Shine.

A passionate cricket fan, Jon sees Chance to Shine as a fantastic cause that provides young people from all backgrounds with the support and opportunity they need to develop their games.

As an enthusiastic young cricketer Jon never had the coaching and resources to further his cricket and so he sadly resigned himself to the spectator stands at the tender age of 15. He began his resurgence onto the cricket pitch just three years ago, having lusted over the majestic cover drive of former England captain Michael Vaughan, whom he holds personally responsible for getting him back into the sport.

In an apparent tactical move to minimise the chance of sustaining any injuries from potentially grudge-holding fast bowlers of his own club, Jon has gone all out to put together an extremely strong dream team. Captained by former England bowler Angus Fraser, it will feature the world record holder for fastest century ever scored in a World Cup, Irish international Kevin O’Brien, as well as a wealth of former England talent in Surrey speed-demon Alex Tudor, Gloucestershire painter-now-wicketkeeper Jack Russell and Yorkshire paceman Darren Gough. Other talent includes former Hampshire and Middlesex off-spinner Shaun Udal; former Kent wicketkeeping batsman Steve Marsh; ex-Luton, Wimbledon and England striker Mick Harford; friends, and of course the man himself, reportedly an erratic but potent strike-bowler, much like Mitchell Johnson. Don’t call it a comeback.

The match takes place at 2.30pm on Sunday 4th September at Harpenden Cricket Club. In addition to what promises to be an enthralling encounter between two strong teams, there will also be a raffle, with some fantastic prizes to be won, including tickets to watch the CB40 final plus a tour of Lord’s, a crate of Bell’s Whisky, a signed England World Cup shirt, a tour of the Sky TV compound at any Test, one year’s subscription to The Cricketer, and many more.

Prices: Table of 10, £1250. Premium table (9 + VIP guest), £2000. Free admission for general public.

For more information and tickets, please call Ali Price on 07557006384 or email:

Come along for a fun day in support of a fantastic cause!


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