THE scene is set for a day to remember when three sides with unbeaten records go head-to-head in the Greene King IPA Gloucestershire County League’s inaugural T20 Blast finals day at Hatherley & Reddings on Sunday.
The hosts booked their passage by topping the East Group while Corse & Staunton emerged winners of the West section, and Chipping Sodbury last week secured victory off the penultimate ball in their final game away to Cam to head the South pool.
The clubs now prepare for a round-robin finals day as the new competition comes to an exciting conclusion.
Organiser Ian Robson said: “The idea was to organise league cricket on a Sunday, but something different to the Saturday leagues … T20 cricket, a shorter, three-hour game. Local, regional divisions, followed by a Finals Day for the winning clubs.
“In that respect we feel it’s been a great success, despite some of the challenges thrown at us in recent weeks by the weather!
“Clubs have been very supportive and feedback has been extremely positive.
“I’m sure there are aspects to the Blast we can fine-tune for next season after establishing strong foundations this summer.”
As well as helping organise the competition, Ian also has a player’s perspective on the cricket after helping Corse & Staunton qualify for finals day.
The day will get underway at 10.30am with Hatherley & Reddings facing Chipping Sodbury.
Sodbury will be in action again at around 1.30pm against Corse & Staunton who will then meet the hosts at about 4.30pm.
If all three sides win one and lose one match, the cup will be decided by net run rate.
Entry to the event at Hatherley and Reddings’ North Park ground is free, while the bar will be open all day along with a barbecue.