The Bristol Big Bash, is back for its second year this weekend with a new format, new teams and many new faces.
The inner-city cup competition – which is aimed at 16-22 year olds – will feature four teams in the group stages with six T20 games to be played over three double match days.
The fixture days have been designed to give the best possible T20 match day experience for all the young people involved with music, food, pink cricket balls and bespoke coloured clothing.
The Bristol Big Bash has been supported by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Sport England’s Core Cities Funding, with the aim of getting more young people in inner-city areas active through cricket.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) community coach Ralph Hardwick said: “We are always looking to improve the match day experience for players and we feel that by playing double fixtures at venues with two pitches side-by-side will add to the atmosphere of the event.”
Squads for the tournament have been picked following three trials across the city in May. The 60 players selected have been chosen from 15 different Bristol clubs and were invited to a launch night at the Brightside Ground, home of Gloucestershire Cricket, for an evening of T20 skills based activities.
The four teams – the Scorchers, Knight Riders, Cobras and Lightning – will play each other twice during July with the overall winner going through to represent Bristol in the national ECB Inner-City Cup later in the year.
Last season saw the Bristol representative side beating Cardiff in the quarter-finals before travelling to Luton where they lost in the semi-finals.
GCB Community Coach, Masoor Khan said this year’s aim is to go one better.
He said: “Opportunities to play with and against people from all over the city, at amazing grounds, makes for a very attractive tournament. Finals day last year was at Grace Road, the home of Leicestershire CCC. Our aim is to have a team participating at the day this time around. Who knows who may be there watching and scouting talent?”
Fixtures of this exciting Bristol Big Bash tournament can be seen below:
Sunday July 3 at Brislington CC – Games start at 11am and 2pm
Sunday July 24 at Frenchay CC – Games start at 11am and 2pm
Sunday July 31 at Bedminster CC – Games start at 11am and 2pm
For more information please contact Masoor Khan at Masoor.Khan@glosccc.co.uk or 07958 271 415.
For squad information please see below: