Hainault to host Bopara benefit event

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 September 2015

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex at Upminster (pic; Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

Ravi Bopara hits out for Essex at Upminster (pic; Mick Kearns/TGSPHOTO)

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Local cricket club confirm plans to host big event for England and Essex star

Hainault & Clayhall have announced they will host a benefit year event which includes a T20 match & benefit gala dinner for its home grown cricket star Ravi Bopara in October.

The event for the Essex and England ace will take place on Saturday, October 3 at Oakfield, Jack Carter Pavilion, Barkingside.

Bopara, who was born in the London Borough of Newham, attended Brampton Manor School situated in East Ham & Barking Abbey Sixth form in Barking.

The 30-year-old joined Hainault in 1995 as a 10-year-old and participated in all forms of colts cricket & indoor cricket for the Oakfield outfit.

He made his first team debut for the club at the age of 13 and went on to become an outstanding cricketer.

This year’s benefit event will be the largest ever staged in east London and in the London Borough of Redbridge at the home of Bopara’s cricket club Hainault.

This is the second year in a row that a cricket club has hosted a benefit event for an Essex cricketer in London Brought of Redbridge. Last year Wanstead & Snaresbrook hosted England captain Alastair Cook’s benefit event, which ran successfully.

On the news that Hainault would be marking his benefit year, Bopara said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be returning back to my home club for a huge benefit event & representing not just Essex but also my beloved cricket club Hainault & Clayhall.

“It will be a day which I will get to spend time celebrating my last benefit match of the year with all my club team mates, coaches, family, friends and fans.”

The day will begin with an eight-a-side Kwick cricket tournament, which will involve local cricket clubs. The tournament will start at 11am and go on until 1pm. After that a T20 benefit match will begin at 2.30pm with Bopara captaining the Essex side.

On the day Hainault will be raising money for Bopara’s chosen benefit charity the Essex Cricket & Community Trust.

There will also be BBQ that will run during the course of the day alongside entertainment, competitions, auction prizes and also a chance to meet and greet Bopara as well as other professional crickets plus VIP guests.

Some of the key star players that are expected to represent Essex under the leadership of Bopara are James Foster, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Graham Napier, David Masters, Monty Panesar, Reece Topley, Mark Pettini & many other fantastic professional talented cricketers.

In the evening from 7pm there will be a benefit gala dinner in the Marquee which includes, speeches from Bopara and other professional cricketers.

Also taking places will be heads & tails, dinner, auctions , Q&A session, raffle prizes, autograph & photo sessions and much more.

The benefit gala dinner will be hosted by former England & Essex cricketer Ronnie Irani and entry to the game will cost £3.00 for adults, £2.00 for under-16s.

A family ticket will be £10.00 and that includes two adults and four children while under-fives are free. Tickets will be available on the gate.

If you would like to attend the benefit gala dinner book by Wednesday, September 23. Limited tickets and tables are available.

The cost for the benefit gala dinner is £60 each and a table of 10 people is £600.

For more information contact event co-ordinator Michelle French on 07940 237205 or email her at

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