Cricket star holds Blackpool golf day

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YOU may be used to seeing this well known face in cricket whites – but it was spikes all the way when he swung by a Blackpool hotel.

Former England cricket ace Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, swapped his bat for golf clubs when he teed off at the Blackpool De Vere Village Golf Club.

The now retired star took up the sport seven months ago and, yesterday, showcased his new found skills to raise cash for Children’s charity The Variety Club.

With a handicap of 18 – and a score of 89 – he was pleased with his performance as he played 18 holes at the East Park Drive hotel.

He said: “It’s been great to practise my golf and raise money for a fantastic charity here in Blackpool.

“I played OK, some of my shots were terrible, but the green is in a really good condition even though there’s been a lot of rain.

“I’d like to get better at golf, I need more time to practise but have been so busy.”

The star has recently moved back from Dubai with his family to a new luxury home in Surrey. But he says he will always be a Lancashire lad at heart.

The 33-year-old said: “I love coming up to Blackpool, I know the place well. It’s like coming back home for me.

“I used to play cricket in Stanley Park when I was younger.

“I’d like to live round here really, my grandparents are in St Annes and my brother lives in Lytham.

“Most of my work is down in London though unfortunately.”

His appearance caused a stir among local golfers.

Gary Davis, chief executive of De Vere Village hotels, said: “It’s been lovely to welcome Freddie to Blackpool although judging by today’s performance, he should stick to cricket!

“He is a true sportsman and can certainly hit the ball a long way, he’s doing really well and will have more time to play now he’s retired.”