Get ready for a bumper Burghley Cricket Week

Burghley Sixes tournament at Burghley Park CC'Photo: SM040712-010pc ENGEMN00120120507093847
Burghley Sixes tournament at Burghley Park CC'Photo: SM040712-010pc ENGEMN00120120507093847

Hundreds of people will be flocking to Burghley Park Cricket Club next week to enjoy the rare spectacle of the area’s best players blasting away in a week-long sixes competition.

The sixes competition has been running at the club for more than 50 years and this year the Cricket Week and Beer Festival running from Monday to Friday is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Burghley face invitational sides each day from 10am and then from 6pm each evening you can see the shortest format of the game as 16 local sides battle it out in the six-a-side competition, with a beer festival running at the same time. There will also be food stalls available.

The boundaries are brought in to ensure big hitting in this unique form of the game which is rarely played around the country but has become an annual attraction at the Stamford club.

Burghley Park’s David Popple said: “The week is a jewel in the Stamford sporting crown. I challenge anyone to find a more beautiful view from which to watch and play cricket.

“Castor won it last year but with all the changes there this year, Ketton must go in as one of the favourites.

“Burghley always has a strong chance but there are so many teams out there who have a good chance with the likes of Oakham and Uppingham playing.

“Personally I would like to see Stamford Rugby Club win it. It is wide open. I always like to tip a dark horse and I think Empingham could do it this year.”

For a full schdule of the matches see our fixtures section on page 126.

Cricket Week is an important fundraising event for the independent club which allows them to raise money to run the adult and junior sections and invest in the ground and equipment.

The event is sponsored by Hindmarch for more than 20 years and will be again in 2014.

For a full schdule of the matches see our fixtures section on page