New format of cricket for Sport Bash 2019
‘Fast and dynamic cricket’ will be coming to a long-standing cricket tournament that features both amateurs and professionals that have played at the highest levels of the game.
Sportbash 2019 features a brand-new format and 24 local players will be joined by eight professionals competing for the Eastern Premier Cup at Ketton Sports and Community Centre on May 31.
The four teams playing in the tournament are the Stamford Bulls, captained by Chris Bore, Huntingdonshire Stags led by Jamie Smith, the Rutland and Leicestershire Foxes with Robin Vitas as captain and the South Lincolnshire Lions, led by Pete Morgan.
It is a seven overs-a -side knock-out competition, where there will be semi finals, followed by the grand final where the two finalists will battle it out for the Eastern Premier Cup.
Dean Headley, organiser and director of cricket at Stamford Endowed Schools, said: “It promises to be a great day of fast and dynamic cricket.
“We have done twenty20 in the past but the seven overs-a-side format ensures that we have much more competitive and even more entertaining games.
“There will be four teams that are based on franchise cricket teams and there will be a mix of local and current and former professional players.
“Cricket is changing and this competition shows how much it has.
“The Eastern Premier Cup has taken inspiration from franchise cricket.
“I want it to be a really fun day out for everyone to come along to and enjoy a day at the cricket.
“We are going to have lots for the kids to do - this year we have got a climbing wall, archery, inflatables, assault course and face painting.
“There will also be teas, cakes, gin, beer, wine and pizza for the adults.
“It is a real family event.”
Big names that featured in last year’s SportBash included former England internationals Geraint Jones, Chris Lewis, John Emburey, Andy Caddick, Adam Hollyoak, Phil DeFreitas and Chris Read.
Former Australian and current Leicestershire player Mark Cosgrove also featured along with former All Blacks rugby star Craig
Dean Headley’s XI defeated a Rutland and Lincs XI made up of local players by 11 runs in a twenty20 match.
As well as the Eastern Premier Cup, there is the BGL Kwik Cricket Cup and Plate up for grabs for both boys and girls.