Matt on fire for Embers

Pr Shoot - npower PR Shoot - Nursery Ground, Lord's - 8/6/11'Sky Football Media v Football League'Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Frances Leader
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SEASIDERS secretary Matt Williams has a tale to tell the grandkids in a few years ... “Have I told you about the time I took two wickets at Lord’s?”

The Blackpool FC man took a break from trying to help manager Ian Holloway sign players to fulfil a childhood dream.

He was invited to play in a Football League v Sky football media clash at the home of cricket last week and he didn’t hesitate in accepting.

A great enthusiast of the summer game, Williams explained: “I got a call from the fixtures secretary at the Football League asking if I fancied a game of cricket. I asked him where. He said ‘Lord’s’ and I almost fell off my chair.”

A former spinner for Shaw Cricket Club, Williams played for a team captained by John Embury and emerged with impressive figures of 4-0-24-2.

Mind you, his two victims were not exactly seasoned pros – Dave Jones, host of Sky Sports Live Football League coverage, and Billy McGinty, head of Sky Sports Live Football League production.

Nevertheless, that won’t stop Williams reminiscing about his achievements for years to come, and who can blame him?

“It was a fantastic experience and a dream come true,” he added.

“To play at the home of cricket is something every local league cricketer dreams about and to get a couple of wickets was a bonus.

“I could have had five-for if it wasn’t for a couple of dropped catches and a missed stumping, but I’m not sure the MCC would have put my name on the honours board.

“After the game John Embury signed a commemorative cricket shirt we were all given and he commented to me that not many people get two wickets on debut at Lord’s.

“I did offer to sign his shirt but he declined!”