The Gloucestershire Growlers will compete for their first ever piece of silverware this Sunday (August 28) when they take on Surrey in the South West T20 Cup.
A team from Bristol will take on Cardiff for a place in the ECB Inner-City Cup semi-finals this Monday (August 29).
The side – who are made up of players from the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s (GCB) recent Big Bash competition – host their Welsh counterparts at Downend CC, starting at 11am.
The 20-overs-a-side match will feature all the eye-catching elements of professional T20 cricket including coloured kit and music.
Entry is free and the list of those attending will include form England chairman of selectors David Graveney.
As well as impressing the former Gloucestershire spinner, the players have another incentive to perform with Nando’s vouchers being awarded for man of the match and moment of the match.
The majority of the Bristol team came through the GCB’s Chance to Shine Street cricket programme.
Nine of the squad – who are all aged 16-21 – will face Cardiff fresh from spending 10 days at a coaching camp run by ex-England star Kevin Petersen and his KP24 Foundation. The residential camp at Wellington College gave the players a taste of what it’s like to be a professional cricketer with sessions on everything from developing technique, building fitness and dealing with the media.
The team was selected following three rounds of the annual Bristol Big Bash tournament. They will hope to improve on last year when they were knocked out at this stage. If they win on Monday they go through to a semi-final at Dunstable CC on September 11. Success there will see them take part in finals day at Leicestershire CCC on September 18.