Three servicemen with almost 40 years dedicated service in the Armed Forces between them have been named in the All-Star Twenty20 line-ups competing at the Kia Oval on September 17th to raise funds for Help for Heroes.
Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker (Royal Navy), Corporal Jake Wray (Royal Air Force) and Major Storm Green (British Army) will rub shoulders with some of the greatest cricketers of all time on Thursday, September 17th in the inaugural charity cricket event - Cricket for Heroes - supported by Old Mutual Wealth.
Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker will play in the Help for Heroes XI captained by Andrew Strauss which will take on Brendon McCullum's Rest of the World side.
Jonathan joined the Royal Navy in 2001 as a Weapons Engineer and spent more than 2 ½ years training new recruits at HMS Raleigh, militarising nearly 2000 trainees ready for their professional courses. He is now working on deployed computers and networks in Corsham.
Primarily a bowler, he has made 152 appearances for the Royal Navy cricket team which he currently skippers and has been capped 37 times by the Armed Forces side. He was the leading wicket-taker for the Armed Forces team which toured India in 2013.
Looking ahead to Cricket for Heroes, Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker, said: "It's going to be unreal to be honest.
"We are just club cricketers who will be playing with some of the greatest players there has ever been.
"You only get to see them on TV, now I'll be sharing a changing room with them."
Corporal Jake Wray has been employed in the Royal Air Force since 2004.
He joined as an Electrical Engineer and his training was followed by two years of Phase 2 Trade Training at No4STT St. Athan.
After this he spent six years at RAF Waddington which included going to Basrah, Baghdad, Balad and the Falklands.
Following promotion to Corporal, he recently spent five months in Minhad with a formed unit.
The wicket-keeper batsman takes his place in the Help for Heroes XI having made 62 appearances for the RAF cricket team.
He’s been capped 20 times by the Armed Forces with his stand-out achievement sharing a remarkable opening partnership of 238 during their tour of India in 2013.
Corporal Jake Wray said: "It's going to be a hectic day but I'm sure there will be time to sit back, gather my breath and take in who's around me.
"I've always wanted to meet Brian Lara and hopefully I'll be able to have one or two words with him.
"If I get to wear the gloves then fantastic but I would be quite happy standing at first slip next to MS Dhoni!"
South African-born Major Storm Green (Coldstream Guards) will be playing for the Rest of the World XI.
The left-handed batsman moved to Britain in 2003 to pursue a career in the British Army.
He's completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, leading troops on the frontline.
A talented cricketer, Storm has toured India, Pakistan and the West Indies with the Armed Services, notching up 19 appearances.
He has made 42 appearances for the Army with his career highlight being a century scored at Lords in a Twenty20 Inter Services match. Later this year he will tour Nepal with the MCC.
Major Storm Green said: "What a great opportunity this is to take-on and play with your heroes and it will be brilliant to share some time with these guys.
"I'm sure Simon Jones (former England fast bowler) still gets it through at around 85 mph but it's a decent track at the Kia Oval and hopefully I can score some runs."
Monday 17 August 2015The Help for Heroes Cricket Club, made up of wounded injured and sick veterans
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