England hero Flintoff back to play at St Annes

Flintoff - St Annes comeback
Flintoff - St Annes comeback
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Andrew Flintoff is poised to make a sensational return to St Annes Cricket Club next month

He has approached the club where he first made his name as a youngster indicating that he wants to join their Northern League Twenty20 campaign.

And St Annes have willingly agreed.

The former England captain and BBC Sports Personality of The Year is poised to roll back the years by appearing for St Annes against Fleetwood in a Twenty20 match at their Vernon Road ground on an evening to be fixed, but in the week beginning May 26.

In June, Flintoff could appear for St Annes against Blackpool

St Annes are exciting at the prospect and are expecting no problems in registering him with the league.

Flintoff first played for St Annes as a 12-year-old and still has close links with the club - as a youngster he impressed with his prodigious hitting and his talent soon caught the attention of Lancashire.

His grandfather Harry is a keen supporter of the Northern League club and he made known to club officials that Andrew was willing to play for his old club.

Flintoff retired from cricket in 2010 because of a knee injury and he has been getting fit lately at indoor nets at Old Trafford.

St Annes president Brian Standing said: “The League rules allow him to play and everyone is very excited.”