Sixteen teams are set to battle for Burghley Sixes

Chris Meadows bats for Burghley Bears at the 2012 Sixes
Chris Meadows bats for Burghley Bears at the 2012 Sixes
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Spectacular fun is promised at Burghley Park Cricket Club next week with the start of the annual cricket week and Sixes on Monday.

Daytime matches will begin at 10.30am each day with the visit of Ex-Tempore kicking off the fixtures on Monday.

As well as Ex-Tempore, the Dave Stratton XI (Tuesday), Lincolnshire Gents (Wednesday), West Norfolk (Thursday) and Leicestershire Gents (Friday) will all take on Burghley in 11-a-side matches.

Then, each evening, three matches of the popular Sixes competition will take place, starting at 6.30pm.

Sixteen clubs have entered the Sixes competition which sees defending champions Yaxley taking on Laxton Park in the opening game and ends with the semi-finals and final on Friday evening.

David Popple of Burghley Park said: “It is a huge week for the club. There have been Sixes at the ground for more than 60 years.

“We want to get as many people coming up as possible. Until they come, they often do not realise how pretty it is.”

Popple added: “The Sixes rules are unique to the club with wides and no balls counting for four runs.”

And alongside the host club’s Burghley Bears, who he tips to win the competition, he reckons Castor and Barnack will provide Yaxley a strong challenge.

Each side has five overs with all non-wicket-keepers taking their turn with the ball. Even in that short time, batsmen have been known to score half centuries as they are encouraged to hit out.

“It is a chance to watch entertaining cricket and helps get youngsters interested,” added Popple. “It’s prestigious to win but it is also a lot of fun.”

Burghley, Yaxley, Laxton, Oakham, Barnack, Nassington, Stamford RFC, Old Oakhamians, Castor, Ketton, Newborough, Uffington, Stamford, Empingham, Ufford and Uppingham all feature in the first three days.

A beer festival, boasting 30 real ales, runs alongside the cricket each day with a barbecue in the evening and live music 
after Friday’s Sixes Trophy presentation.