Bears confirm Shropshire friendly ahead of NatWest T20 Blast
The Birmingham Bears will take on Shropshire in a T20 friendly match at Bridgnorth CC at 5.30pm on Wednesday 21 May; two days before they play Yorkshire Vikings in their first match of the NatWest T20 Blast.
Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket, said: "We're very grateful to Shropshire for giving us the opportunity to play a competitive t20 fixture in front of a good crowd before our first game of the 2014 NatWest t20 Blast against Yorkshire at Edgbaston on May 23.
"With a change in our team name to the Birmingham Bears, an expansion from 10 to 14 games and most matches taking place on Friday nights, we're very excited about t20 cricket this year.
"We will certainly field a strong team against Shropshire to ensure that we're ready for the challenges of this new-look tournament."
Shropshire chairman Toby Shaw said the county were really looking forward to hosting the Bears and hopes the match will attract a bumper crowd with admission just £5.
Mr Shaw said: "It will be a very exciting evening and we are delighted that Birmingham Bears are coming to us to play a Twenty20 game.
"It's two days before their opening game in the NatWest t20 Blast tournament against the Yorkshire Vikings and it's a great coup. The game will be an important part of the preparations for both sides.
"It will be a really good event at Bridgnorth, which is a lovely venue not too far from Birmingham.”
Shropshire are no strangers to hosting first class opposition in Twenty20 matches having faced Worcestershire in the last three years in games which have taken place around the county at Wellington, Shrewsbury and Shifnal.