20/20 cricket is back
By Ospreys Rugby | 12/07/2013
Mumbles Cricket Club to host the Ospreys once again
Ospreys players will once again swap rugby balls for cricket bats next month when they face Mumbles Cricket Club in the now traditional annual charity 20/20 match.
The two teams have met twice since the fixture was first initiated back in 2009, with honours even at one apiece.
The inaugral game saw Mumbles inflict a heavy defeat in glorious weather on an Ospreys XI, romping home to a 41 run victory. The tables were turned in 2011 however, big-hitting Hanno Dirksen catching the eye with an adventurous innings that set up a thrilling finish, centre Ben John hitting a match-winning six in the final over to secure an unexpected victory for the Ospreys.
The 2010 and 2012 fixtures were rained off.
This year the two teams will go head to head on Friday 9th August at Mumbles' picturesque Marespool Ground at Plunch Lane, with the first over to be bowled at 4.00pm, weather permitting.
Admission will be just £3 with free admission for U16's, and facilities for supporters on the night will include a barbecue and bar facility, with proceeds from entry and a collection on the night going to the nominated charity which is to be confirmed.
Ospreys Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said he’s looking forward to taking his team to Mumbles for an important part of the pre-season preparations:
“We are all looking forward to returning to Mumbles for what is now a firm part of the pre-season calendar at the Ospreys. It’s an important event in several ways, not least in the funds it raises for worthwhile causes, and it allows us to spend some time as a team out in the community.
“We’ve made some good friends at Mumbles Cricket Club through the annual cricket match and we are extremely grateful for their co-operation in putting on what is always a great occasion.”
Mumbles Cricket Club's history extends over 100 years and today it fields three League XIs on Saturday's, a Midweek League XI, and seven Junior League sides, with the first team competing in the Swalec Premier Cricket League. In 2008, the club was awarded with the prestigious ECB Clubmark accreditation. The Marespool ground has Minor Counties status after hosting one-day cup fixtures for Wales.
Further details of the day, including confirmation of the full Ospreys XI, will be brought to you closer to the date. Please note that, for this game, there will be no parking facilities available within the ground itself.