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Cambridge charity cricket match cancelled after Henry Blofeld tests positive for Covid-19



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A charity cricket match due to take place at Fenner’s, the home of Cambridge University Cricket Club, this Friday (July 15) has been cancelled after commentator and guest-of-honour Henry Blofeld tested positive for Covid-19.

Henry Blofeld and Majid Khan arrive at Fenner’s in 2018. Picture: Richard Marsham
Henry Blofeld and Majid Khan arrive at Fenner’s in 2018. Picture: Richard Marsham

The fundraising match, a reprise of the 2018 Centenary event in aid of the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent charity, was to have been between a Barmy Army XI and the Royal Anglian Regiment and was organised by Catherine Jones of Cambridge.

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Vanessa Burkitt, owner of Catherine Jones - whose father, Dr Philip Jones, and his brother, Dr Michael Jones, both served as medical officers in the Royal Anglian Regiment - said: “We thought we’d got through Covid but poor Henry has tested positive.

Henry Blofeld meets Dr Andrew Harter CBE, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, at Fenner’s for a charity cricket match in 2018. Picture: Richard Marsham
Henry Blofeld meets Dr Andrew Harter CBE, High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, at Fenner’s for a charity cricket match in 2018. Picture: Richard Marsham

“It’s such an unpredictable virus that he won’t know when he’ll test negative nor, given the post-viral fatigue that may well follow, when he will have regained his irrepressible, ebullient form.”



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