Wham, bam T20 Pro-am
Travis Perkins Trailblazers Festival of Cricket, – NCCC, Northampton, 11am, Sun 20 Aug
Cricket has never been more popular with we Muddy Types. With the influence from government to promote women’s sport and female athletes delivering on the back of it, UK women’s sport is thriving and now it’s cricket’s turn. The pinnacle for any female cricketer – the ICC Women’s World Cup – began on June 24 and guess what? England’s women’s team beat India to win the World Cup final on 23 July.
If you love cricket (that sound of leather on willow), play cricket or have been caught up in the world cup action then read on…
The exciting news, for sports/leather/cucumber sandwich fans is that Northampton-based builders merchant Travis Perkins is sponsoring a team – the Travis Perkins Trailblazers – at an exciting and unique cricket event in the summer at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club (NCCC).
It’s called T20 Pro:Am and brings the fast and furious excitement of T20 cricket – think music, cheerleaders, party atmosphere – to amateur players from across the region. Not only that, it pits them against – and with – professional cricketers from NCCC (the current T20 Blast champions, nonetheless) and proper legends from yesteryear in what is being dubbed an all-day ‘Festival of Cricket’ on Sunday 20 August at The County Ground in Northampton. Check out this video and you can see how the excitement is building as the event approaches.
Coaching the Travis Perkins Trailblazers to glory is England cricketing legend Darren ‘Goughy’ Gough and ECB Young Coach of the Year in 2015, Matt Earl. Not only that, the team’s pros are NCCC’s Steven Crook and former England bowling legend Simon Jones. And the Trailblazers’ have announced their wildcard – England’s Rugby World Cup winning ace Paul Grayson, who is very, VERY handy with the bat. Other pros and legends playing include NCCC’s captain Alex Wakely, Monty Panesar and Devon Malcolm. The fun starts at 11:00 with two semi-finals across the day and a final played under floodlights – not something amateur players ever get to experience (let alone being bowled at by a current or past cricketing legend).
Tickets are just £10 (that’s a whole day of live sport) and kids under 16 go in free. See here for more details.
The County Ground, Abington Ave, Northampton NN1 4PR