FORMER England cricketer Mark Butcher should feel right at home when he plays as part of the Saddleback Blues Festival in Devizes on July 8.

For the charity festival is being staged at Devizes Sports Club and will have the lush grass of the cricket club as a backdrop.

He will be performing alongside Devizes own music hero Jon Amor as part of the Boom Band at the event which runs from 11am to 11pm. Other acts include Jo Harman, Lisa Mills, Elles Bailey and Blue Dog.

Batsman Mr Butcher played all his county cricket for Surrey after making his first-class debut in 1992.

He also played regularly for England until 2004 by which time he had played 71 tests, making eight centuries and averaging over 34. He captained England once in 1999.

He is now a guitar player and singer and performed a ballad at the funeral of his England team-mate Ben Hollioake’s funeral in 2001.

In early 2008, Butcher started recording his debut album, Songs from the Sun House which was released in 2010 and includes You’re Never Gone, the song he wrote in tribute to Hollioake.

One of the organisers Rick Kibby said: “We have a fantastic line-up and we think it will be a great day of music. We hope people in the town will support us.”

Money raised from the blues festival, which has been organised by Devizes Rugby Club and Devizes Sports Club with support from the cricket and tennis clubs.

Money will go to Julia’s House, Devizes Sports Club, Devizes Rugby Club and mental health charity CAREIF. Tickets cost £25 or £60 for a family.

They are available from Devizes Sports Club, Devizes Books, Avon Trophies, The Peppermill, Upstairs at Jacks, Detour Clothing, Mikey’s Barbers, Fussell Wadman, Wadworth’s Visitor Centre and Sound Knowledge Marlborough.Go to