ECB announces ultimate summer playlist following fans vote
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has unveiled the official NatWest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist following a nationwide search by cricket fans.
The final 10-track playlist will be played at every NatWest T20 Blast game across England and Wales during this year’s competition, which blasts-off on Friday May 16 and the Birmingham Bears starting their campaign a week later against the Yorkshire Vikings at Edgbaston on Friday 23 May.
Surrey’s submission, Happy by Pharrell Williams, topped the table followed closely by the Rolling Stones’ Start Me Up (Yorkshire Vikings) and Ashes’ Embrace (Notts Outlaws). Mungo Jerry’s In the Summertime scraped in at 10th to round up the playlist of ten tracks.
You can find the full Natwest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist below:
1. Pharrell, Happy (Surrey)
2. Rolling Stones, Start Me Up (Yorkshire Vikings)
3. Embrace, Ashes (Notts Outlaws)
4. The Fratellis, Chelsea Dagger (Middlesex Panthers)
5. Avicii, Levels (Derbyshire)
6. Reef, Place Your Hands (Kent Spitfires)
7. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon (Somerset)
8. Pitbull ft Ke$ha, Timber (Hampshire)
9. Thin Lizzy, The Boys Are Back in Town (Northamptonshire Steelbacks)
10. Mungo Jerry, In the Summertime (Leicestershire Foxes)
Throughout April, fans of each of the 18 NatWest T20 Blast counties submitted their favourite summer songs with each county submitting their most popular choice to a shortlist of 18 tracks. Following a two-week voting period, cricket fans then selected their favourite to create the ten-track playlist.
With a majority of fixtures in the new NatWest T20 Blast season taking place on Friday nights, the ECB was searching for a playlist that best represents the summer for fans and reflects the atmosphere that will be experienced during the 133 fixtures in an action-packed season.
David Collier, ECB Chief Executive, said: “Our search for the Natwest T20 Blast Summer Anthems Playlist has given us 10 songs that really encapsulate the spirit of summer for cricket fans. With 70% of fixtures in the new season taking place on a Friday night it’s fitting that these anthems will represent not only the summertime but also the exciting brand of cricket that T20 offers.
“NatWest T20 Blast will have something for everyone and the new season is set to offer cricket fans, groups of friends and families alike a unique experience, ensuring everyone can watch an exciting style of cricket with an electric atmosphere.”
For more information, visit www.ecb.co.uk/T20SummerAnthems
Supporters can save £7 on tickets for the Birmingham Bears v Yorkshire Vikings by purchasing in advance at £15 for Adults (£22 on the gate) whilst Under 16s are £5 at all times. Additionally a Double Whammy deal is available for the Bears’ first two NatWest T20 Blast matches on Friday nights, priced at £25.
To purchase tickets to watch the Birmingham Bears in the NatWest T20 Blast, visit www.edgbaston.com/tickets or call the Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 1902.