High scores guaranteed at the annual Victorian Cricket Festival

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CRICKETERS from across Stamford will be in action in the annual Victorian Cricket Festival held by Burghley Rotary Club on May 27 on the Meadows in Stamford.

There will also be a funfair, food and drink outlets and weather permitting a fly by from the battle of Britain Memorial flight.

The event that has attracted eight senior teams: The George Hotel, The Jolly Brewer, The Garden House Hotel, The Tobie Norris, The Crown Hotel, Jims Yard Restaurant, The William Cecil Hotel and Stamford Schools

However one team will have quite an advantage as Ex-England and Nottinghamshire county cricketer Derek Randall, has offered his services to the highest bidder.

Individual sponsors are also welcome to make bids and can “donate” Derek to their favoured team.

The players will be playing to Burghley Rules, which are complex, like extra runs for getting the cricket ball into the river or mill stream, but high scores are guaranteed.

This year will also see a schools kwik cricket contest running at the same time organised by the Fred Trueman Schools Cricket League which encourages the playing of Cricket in all schools.

There will be a bar supplied by Ufford Ales as well as stocking wine, Pimms and soft drinks.

There will be traditional cricket teas supplied by the hotels and served by the Ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Stamford Burghley, with more food outlets to be confirmed.

The festival starts at 11am and admission is free. A raffle with prizes of meals at various establishments in and around Stamford amongst other things will help raise funds for Rotary charities.

For more information contact Geoff Hastings on 07889 606 371.