County side coming down to North Devon for Arul Suppiah’s benefit year

Bideford cricket club are set to play host to Somerset next week.

The county side, who are in the top tier of the LV County Championship, are coming to North Devon for a Twenty20 match as part of long-serving Arul Suppiah’s benefit year.

One of the country’s top cricket teams, Somerset will be making the trip to Westward Ho! on Monday night for a 20-over-per-side festival of cricket to celebrate Suppiah’s decade at the club.

The money raised from the night will go to one of Suppiah’s chosen charities, Fremington’s Children’s Hospice South West.

Suppiah, who recently announced his retirement from the game due to injury, played for Devon before joining Somerset in 2002, where he won the Twenty20 Cup in 2005.

The 29 year-old was forced to quit the game last week after seeking medical advice on long-term injuries to both of his knees.

The Malasian-born all-rounder also holds the world record T20 bowling figures, after taking 6-5 against Glamorgan in July 2011.

And he will be bringing a side full of star names to North Devon, including Captain and England legend Marcus Trescothick, plus current England stars Nick Compton, Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler.

North Devon’s own Overton twins, Jamie and Craig, are also part of the Somerset first team set-up, with Jamie being tipped by Trescothick to represent England in the near future.

“It’s fantastic for us as a club and great for the area of North Devon,” said Bideford Sunday 1st XI captain Ian Hayter.

“We’re really looking forward to it and I imagine everyone will be very careful at the weekend not to get injured!”

Bideford currently run four weekend teams, a midweek XI and have a full colts set up. The club were crowned North Devon league champions in 2011, and their first XI are currently in remarkable form this season, having chalked up 10 straight wins.

Tickets for the occasion are available as souvenir programmes from Bideford, and can now be bought at £5 each for adults and free for children. You can also purchase a bundle deal, giving you four programmes for just £10.