Two-handed delight of a play may well bowl you over

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A CRICKET Match, one of Alan Ayckbourn’s Intimate Exchanges plays, will be at the Devonshire Park Theatre from July 3-7.

A Cricket Match is one of Ayckbourn’s cleverest and most delightful plays in which two talented actors, Stephen Beckett and Jenny Funnell, take the audience on a hilarious journey through the difficulties and complications of marital discontent.

This funny, touching and at times poignant comedy has an Englishman’s passion for cricket as its background.

On a hazy summer’s day the “teachers versus pupils” cricket match features more drama off the pitch than on!

Celia, the headmaster’s wife, fears her marriage to the troubled Toby, may well be over.

She confides in Toby’s best friend, the socially awkward Miles, who is married to the flamboyant and vivacious Rowena, who is given to absurd practical jokes and indiscreet extra-marital affairs.

Miles has feelings of his own for Celia however and a shoulder to cry on can lead further.

Stephen Beckett and Jenny Funnell, both of whom appeared in the recent Murder In The Park Season, return to the Devonshire Park Theatre for this hilarious and delightful two hander, in which Beckett (Coronation Street, The Bill) takes on all the male characters while Funnell (As Time Goes By) plays the diverse female roles.

Evening performances are at 7.45pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Tickets cost from £13.50-£19.50, call 412000.