Old Brunnians prepare to begin their cup defence

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THE Old Brunnians will begin their defence of the Hodgkinson Cup on Friday next week.

They are one of eight teams due to enter the annual six-a-side competition with group games on July 20, 23, 24 and 25 before the semi-finals and final on Friday, July 26.

The Old Brunnians are in group A along with Baston Tarts and two sides from Bourne Rugby Club. John Burgin leads the official Rugby Club while Neil Oglesbee is at the helm of the club’s second sixes side, the Happy Hookers

Group B stars the Motley crew, Smiths Smackers, Washday Blues and the Optimists.

Matches begin at 6pm each evening with five overs per side and each player except the wicket keeper bowls one over.

The competition is again sponsored by Stephen Knipe and Adrian Smith.

l THE opening games of the Hodgkinson Cup mark the start of a busy week for Bourne Cricket Club.

On Sunday, the club hosts Amersham and on Monday of Cricket Week there will be an afternoon match against the Optimists.

Then on Wednesday, the Abbey Lawn side will host a Lincolnshire U11 match.

Further ahead, Bourne will host an international tie between England Over 60s and Australia Over 60s on August 3.