Netherlands will play Nottinghamshire in Cornwall next summer
Tue, Nov 27, 2012 3:55 PM
KNCB today confirmed that the CB40 match between the Netherlands and Nottinghamshire will be played at Truro Cricket Club in Cornwall as part of the 2013 Cornish Cricket Festival on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1345.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 Over league (CB40) game will form a central part of the hotly anticipated festival event, taking place next June. Bringing the match to Truro Cricket Club is a huge coup for the county and has been organised in conjunction with the Cornish Sporting Club Ltd, Nottinghamshire CCC and the KNCB with ECB approval. Netherlands and Nottinghamshire both finished fourth in their respective groups last season. Both teams will be hoping that two more wins from last summer may see them gain qualification for the semi finals and maybe follow in the footsteps of Hampshire who won the 2012 competition.
Nottinghamshire are one of England’s strongest county sides and feature England internationals Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Samit Patel, Alex Hales, James Taylor, Ajmal Shahzad and Chris Read as part of their squad.
Cornish Sporting Club’s director, Alan George, said: “We are thrilled to be able to make this announcement that the Netherlands v Nottinghamshire match is going to be one of the feature games for the 2013 Cornish Cricket Festival”.
“For Cornwall to get a league game of this magnitude is amazing for the county and we hope that sports fans will come along to show their support, enjoying what is sure to be a magnificent game. Today’s announcement is major for sport in Cornwall and makes the county the envy of all of the other non professional counties in the UK.”
Netherlands Chief Executive, Richard Cox, said: “Netherlands cricket has come a long way over recent years and finishing fourth in the CB40 League last season was a good indicator of our development. Indeed we have had 10 wins in the last 2 seasons of the competition which has boosted our progress tremendously for the international stage.”
“With some superb young players coming through we are hopeful of challenging other teams in our group in 2013. After hearing such great feedback about the 2012 Cornish Cricket Festival we are looking forward to playing one of our ‘home’ games in front of a packed Cornwall crowd with a great atmosphere. This also allows us to attract more International Cricket to the Netherlands in the June period.”
The Nottinghamshire Director of Cricket, Mick Newell said: "The Netherlands have proved to be more than competitive in this competition and we know that we will face a stern test in Cornwall. Our defeat in Scotland last year made qualification very difficult for us and we'll have to be on top of our game to win in Truro. We have played a lot of matches at out grounds in recent seasons and it always makes for an interesting game when batsmen and bowlers are unsure as to how they can benefit from the conditions."
The inaugural Cornish Cricket Festival was held last summer and featured a thrilling NatWest Women’s International between England and India, where England won with just six balls to go.
The CB40 competition features the 18 first class county sides, Netherlands, Scotland and Unicorns, with teams split into three groups. The winner from each group and the best runner up then go into the semi finals, with the final held at Lords.
\Tickets and hospitality are now on sale for the match as part of the 2013 Cornish Cricket Festival. Visit www.cornishcricketfestival.co.uk for more information or to book.