BIDEFORD S former overseas player Mick Warne has accepted an invitation to captain the Water Babies invitation Xl at this year s Bideford Cricket Festival to be held on August Bank Holiday at Westward Ho! Warne, a leg break bowler and batsman, was Bidefor

BIDEFORD'S former overseas player Mick Warne has accepted an invitation to captain the Water Babies invitation Xl at this year's Bideford Cricket Festival to be held on August Bank

Holiday at Westward Ho!

Warne, a leg break bowler and batsman, was Bideford's overseas player during the 2008 season.

The Bideford old boy is beginning to make a name for himself at his home club, St Kilda in Melbourne. This summer he is captaining Ossett in the Yorkshire Central Premier League.

Proceeds from the festival will go to The Children's Hospice South

West at Fremington and the club's new pavilion project.

Bideford, current West of England League champions Taunton St Andrew, Victoria Park and the Water Babies are contesting the tournament.

There will be six 24- over matches played with a white ball commencing at 9.15 in the morning.

Entry is free but collections will be held during the day, Refreshments will be available all day. Jim Lowe, vice-chairman and festival organiser, an exciting and great day's cricket was anticipated.