Arsenal legend Ray Parlour top scores on his cricketing debut

PUBLISHED: 17:06 11 August 2009 | UPDATED: 21:51 31 May 2010

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour bowls for the Gold Bats on Sunday

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour bowls for the Gold Bats on Sunday

ARSENAL legend Ray Parlour swapped his football boots for a set of cricket whites when he took part in a charity match in the grounds of Audley End House on Sunday. The London-born footballer, who was nicknamed The Romford Pelé by fans, hit a top-scoring

ARSENAL legend Ray Parlour swapped his football boots for a set of cricket whites when he took part in a charity match in the grounds of Audley End House on Sunday.

The London-born footballer, who was nicknamed The Romford Pelé by fans, hit a top-scoring 24 runs for his cricket team, The PG Wodehouse Gold Bats, despite never having played the game before.

Chairman of Audley End and Littlebury Cricket Club, Bill Starr, who helped to organise the event, said: "It was a fantastic day and more than 100 people turned up to watch the game. The weather was perfect and it was a well contested match played in a really good spirit.

"This is the third year the charity match has been running and this year we were raising money in memory of one of our members who died of cancer."

The match between the Gold Bats and The Curvy Strollers finished in a battling draw with £762 having been raised for cancer charity Sue Ryder Care and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Starting at 1pm, stumps was called at 6pm when the players and supporters moved to the Queens' Head, Littlebury, for refreshments and music.

Parlour, who was a multiple Premier League and FA Cup winner with Arsenal, could not be disappointed with his cricketing debut where he took two catches and bowled with enthusiasm.

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