Cricket greats Ian Botham and Shane Warne swap bats for clubs at Worksop Golf Club

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Cricket greats Ian Botham and Shane Warne swapped their bats for clubs in the name of charity at Worksop Golf Course.

As part of the challenge to raise funds for the Beefy Foundation, the pair plan on completing one hole of golf at all 18 cricketing counties in one day.

They began at 6am in County Durham and were scheduled to finish at The Belfry at 7.30pm last night (Thursday), where they will play the tenth hole on The Brabazon.

Worksop’s 102-year-old course was chosen as the Nottinghamshire venue and they were given a warm welcome by a large crowd of spectators wanting a glimpse of the action.

The duo made a grand entrance at Worksop Golf Club at Windmill Lane on Thursday morning, arriving in helicopters to play the par five seventh hole.

Both players performed well on the hole with Botham (Team England) taking it with a birdie four, one shot ahead of Warne (Team Australia) who parred the hole.

Worksop Golf Club secretary/manager Alan Mansbridge said it was a memorable moment in the course’s long and proud history.

He said: “For two cricketers, they were both very good at golf. I think we were all surprised at how well they did on the hole on what I imagine was their first time playing.

“It was an enjoyable morning of golf, played in a friendly manner between two competitive sportsmen. The quality of both players and their partners was very good.

“There were four magnificent drives and they all played really well. Their golf partners parred the hole too. It went really well and we’re pleased to play our part.”

From Worksop they travelled to Breadsall Priory in Derbyshire. The day was filmed by Sky Sports and regular updates screened on the company’s 24-hour news channel.

The Beefy Charity Foundation currently supports Brain Tumour Research & Support, Batten Disease Family Association, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Bloodwise, and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.