I have been sent a great story by Jon Dixon about a Beach cricket event he is putting on this year. Take a moment to check out the details:
Proceeds from the first ever UK International Beach Cricket Tournament are to go back to local cricket this summer. Set on the glorious sands of Weymouth Beach the event will feature players from village green to Test arena.
Whilst the sunny climes of Australia and recently South Africa seem the ideal home for the growing sport of Beach Cricket, the first week in September will bring the game to Britain.
The format will echo that used in Australia and South Africa with 17 international cricketers divided into two teams. The players will be provided by the now World Famous Lashings World XI. Local club talent will be demonstrated in another team and a sponsor will provide the final side in the tournament played on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September.
Tuesday 2nd September will see a junior tournament competed between three local Under 18 sides from Weymouth, Portland and the now established Wessex Academy. Wednesday 3rd September give the ladies the chance to shine.
Organising coordinator Jon Dixon said "Seeing this form of cricket on Sky my wife suggested that it would be a good idea to do something locally. A lot of planning and telephone calls later and we are well on our way to hosting a unique event in Weymouth that we hope will develop from year to year".
Although not a cheap exercise the participation of companies such as BSkyB, Red Bull, New Look plc, RAM Sports, Flicx Pitches UK, All Out Cricket and many others has meant that this project is rapidly becoming a viable enterprise.
For further information about the event please contact Jon via harrowdrive. He will be happy to answer any questions you may have especially if you are considering doing something like this yourself.