Excitement for the 2019 Cricket World Cup is building in Bristol following a series of events featuring the famous trophy.
From cub scouts to club cricketers and schoolchildren to shopkeepers, people from across the city came together to celebrate the countdown to this summer’s tournament.
The trophy tour weekend kicked off on Friday March 8 bat City Academy with a skills festival featuring 17 local primary schools.
Next stop was the 1st Bristol Muslim Scout Group who took part in a coaching session with Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) community coach Masoor Khan.
St Mark’s Road took centre stage in the afternoon as more than 1500 people turned up for a street festival featuring food, music and a whole host of cricket-themed activities. These included a Bat Fast batting simulator and a chance to get tips from Gloucestershire players George Hankins and George Drissell. Click here for a gallery of photos from the event.
The trophy’s final stop of the day was the SS Great Britain, one of Bristol’s most iconic attractions.
Day three saw the GCB welcome over 130 people from Bristol’s BAME cricket clubs for a special forum to help shape the future of cricket in the city. The event was hosted by BBC newsreader (and keen cricketer ) Sabet Choudhury and also featured ECB head of strategy and ex-Gloucestershire professional Vikram Banerjee. More on this coming soon…
The last leg of the trophy tour was back at City Academy for an indoor “Club World Cup” with six teams – each representing a competing nation – battling it out. The event proved a fitting finale to a special weekend as New Zealand – a team made up of players from the GCB’s street cricket programme – triumphed in the final.
GCB cricket operations manager Chris Munden said: “It was a fantastic weekend and it was lovely to see so many people of all different ages getting excited about cricket. With three World Cup matches coming to the Bristol County Ground we have a unique opportunity to inspire people in the city to get involved with the game and we hope this weekend is just the start.”
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup matches at the Bristol County Ground are:
Afghanistan v Australia (Day/Night) – June 1
Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Day) – June 7
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka (Day) June 11