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Players from Town Malling and Reculver Cricket Club honoured as local heroes by England players Zak Crawley, Joe Denly and Dan Lawrence

Local heroes have been recognised by England cricketers taking part in the first Test against the West Indies.

Two players from the Town Malling women’s team and a member of Reculver Cricket Club have had their names displayed on the warm-up shirts of those involved in the match at the Ageas Bowl, which starts today (Wednesday).

Kent and England players including Joe Denly honour local heroes at the first Test against the West Indies
Kent and England players including Joe Denly honour local heroes at the first Test against the West Indies

The Test series, which is being played behind closed doors, is celebrating the work of those who have gone above and beyond to help others throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

Those to have been honoured include Town Malling women’s captain Anna Tunnicliff who has her name on Joe Denly’s shirt, in recognition of her work as an A&E sister. She has helped develop the women’s and girls’ section at her club.

Debi Armstrong, a specialist nurse, is another member of the Town Malling team and her name is on Zak Crawley’s shirt.

Reculver member Richard Freeman is a police officer and he is being honoured by being named on the warm-up shirt of Essex’s Dan Lawrence. Freeman has combined his work commitments with helping schooling and coaching his two cricket-mad sons.

Each key worker will receive the shirt bearing their name, signed by the player who wore it. Their names and pictures will be highlighted by broadcasters Sky and BBC.

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