Digital Next's Justin Blackhurst to turn out at Lord's (cricket that is...)

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by Nick Jaspan
 Blackhurst...not Vaughan Blackhurst...not Vaughan

Justin Blackhurst, the co-owner of Digital Next, will turn out at Lord's this week, having been selected from a line-up of local cricket teams, to play for a team captained by England 'legend' Michael Vaughan.

Blackhurst clinched his place in the team after he scored 88 not out in the earlier NatWest Locals vs Legends cricket competition when he represented his local team, Marple-based Hawk Green CC.

The Marple club was one of over 3,000 teams which entered the NatWest competition for the chance to play against Vaughan’s squad of England Legends at Lord's.

At the qualifying match at Hawk Green, when co-incidentally Blackhurst picked up the man of match nomination, over £10,000 was raised for the grass roots club as part of a campaign to raise funds to help the rebuilding of the club's original pavilion which was destroyed by fire in 2008.

The arrival of Michael Vaughan and his England Legends at Hawk Green attracted almost 1,000 paying fans.

Said Blackhurst: “The local support was amazing, a real show of community spirit and, just when I thought it couldn’t get any better than facing my cricket idols, I’ve now been chosen to play at Lords. I can’t wait to play at the official home of cricket.”