CRICKETING legend Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff has returned to his boyhood Lancashire club to take party in a charity cricket match.

The Former England captain, from Preston, took part in the fundraiser at St Anne’s Cricket Club earlier this month in order to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Other past and present players also joined the match and managed to raised more than £2,000 for the charity.

Freddie chose to host this cricket fundraiser match at St Annes in memory of his beloved Grandad, Harry Hargreaves, as well as former club president, Brian Standing, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before his death earlier this year.

John Cotton, chair of the club, said: “We raised thousands for Alzheimer’s society which is a tribute to the local people who contributed.

“It was a great day with a very large crowd.”

Admission to the event was free but donations were encouraged. It was held in conjunction with the club’s beet, gin and Prosecco festival.

Freddie played his first open-age game for St Annes CC as a junior player in 1989, aged 12.

He was snapped up by Lancashire after being spotted at the club and became a formidable force in the England side, helping the team win the 2005 Ashes.

Freddie retired from international cricket in 2009 but in 2014, he briefly returned to play for St Annes CC in a Northern Premier League fixture against Penrith CC and the hashtag #FredIsBack was born.

He has since stepped into the world of show business and presents Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.

He recently presented ITV’s The Games, which saw celebrities compete against each other in Olympic tasks.