YORK CRICKET Club are hailing it as a "once in a lifetime" opportunity - the chance to see Yorkshire's county heroes perform at Clifton Park.
The White Rose will play a Yorkshire League Select XI at Clifton Park on Wednesday, May 21, as they bid to get into top form for the NatWest T20 Blast competition and have promised to bring as full a team as possible.
That outfit will take on a select side including Tykes prospects Jack Leaning, Matthew Fisher and Ben Coad along with York skipper Dan Woods and prolific former Shipton Road batsman Duncan Snell. It is being staged as part of Tim Brensan's benefit year.
"The select team will be playing against one of the strongest sides in the county game at the moment and we aren't expecting to come out on the right side of the result," said Nick Kay, secretary of York.
"But we do hope to be competitive and give a large crowd some great entertainment. It's very rare that you will see the likes of Andrew Gale, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root among others here and it could be a terrific night."
With Bairstow out for six weeks having broken a finger in Yorkshire's warm up match with Northamptonshire, his participation in the York friendly could be in doubt but Kay added: "I hope that Jonny is going to be available. We would like to see him with England too but he is an old boy of the club and it would be great to have him here.
"We will make the most of the evening. It could be a once in a lifetime event and, hopefully, there will be a big crowd - that's the early indications we have had from York members and the general public who want to enjoy watching Yorkshire at York."
Entrance is £5 for adults and £2.50 for OAPS and under-16s. A family ticket costs £10 and people will be admitted on the night of the game with bars at Clifton Park open from 4pm and parking available. The match is due to start at either 5.30pm or 6pm.