Tuesday 16 April 2013 

Bears Launch First t20 Match in Rugby


Warwickshire Bears’ got closer to their first ever Friends Life t20 in fixture in Rugby as the Club’s Chief Executive Colin Povey and all-rounder Steffan Piolet marked tickets going on-sale for the match at Rugby School with Head Master, Patrick Derham.

The Bears’ Friends’ Life t20game at Rugby School against the Glamorgan Dragons, on Saturday 6th July, will be the first time that the Club has played a home match away from Edgbaston since 2005.

Colin Povey, Chief Executive of Warwickshire, said: “As County Champions we’re aware that there’s a massive interest in Warwickshire at the moment, so we were keen to reward the supporters in the south of the County with a match on their doorstep.

“The facilities at Rugby School are great and the town of Rugby is currently a major focus for the Warwickshire Cricket Board, who recently co-ordinated a volunteering day at Rugby CC as part of the NatWest CricketForce initiative. However, they’re also putting more coaches into schools, setting up winter leagues and this match could be a springboard to propel cricket’s interest in the town.

“Friends Life t20 is of particular importance to the Club this year, as Edgbaston hosts Finals Day on Saturday 17th August. With this in mind we’re looking forward to kick-starting our group campaign at this fantastic venue.”

 Tickets for the Bears v Dragons at Rugby School went on-sale at 10am this morning, priced at £15 for Adults (£5 for Under 16s) or £25 if additionally purchasing the Warwickshire v Worcestershire Royals at Edgbaston on Friday 26th July. Simply logon to www.edgbaston.com or call the Club’s 24-Hour Ticket Hotline (0844 847 1902) to secure tickets.

Patrick Derham, Headmaster of Rugby School, said: “Hosting the County Champions in a t20 fixture is a great honour for Rugby School and an opportunity that I’m sure that local cricket fans will relish.

“Having hosted several Warwickshire Second XI matches, the cricket square and outfield has won us many plaudits in the past. We hope that a great first match on 6th July will lead to this becoming an annual event, where we host the best cricketers in the country and establish Rugby as a venue on the domestic cricket map.”   

Following the match at Rugby School, the Bears will play their remaining four home games at Edgbaston against Northamptonshire Steelbacks (Saturday 20th July), Gloucestershire Gladiators (Wednesday 24th July), Worcestershire Royals (Friday 26th July), and Somerset (Tuesday 30th July).

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