T20 cricket set for August return

As Wales goes Ashes crazy, it has been confirmed that this year’s T20 charity game between the Ospreys and Mumbles Cricket Club will be played on Friday 7th August.

Now firmly established as a key fixture in the summer calendar, the hosts will be gunning for revenge after the Ospreys edged 2-1 ahead in the series in 2013, video analyst Craig Maloney smashing two sixes in the final over to secure the win with a solitary ball to spare, before last year’s game was rained off.

Thousands of pounds have been raised for local good causes since the fixture was established in 2009 and the two teams will once again go head to head at Mumbles’ picturesque Marespool Ground at Plunch Lane with the first ball set for 4.00pm.

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 raffle on the night going to this year’s nominated charity, which will be confirmed later this month.

Head Coach, Steve Tandy, said that everybody at the Ospreys was looking forward to renewing rivalries with Mumbles:

“Over the last few years the annual T20 game with Mumbles has really grown into something special, to the point that it is now a date that everybody looks out for when they come back for pre-season.

“It’s a great evening, when players and supporters can spend time mixing in a sporting environment, having a bit of fun, while raising a significant amount of money for charity.

“The boys have already started their preparations for the game and selection will be tougher than ever as we have a few more boys who fancy themselves as cricketers in the group.

“Hopefully, we’ll have good weather and another cracking contest for supporters to enjoy.”

Cricket has been played in the seaside village for over 130 years and the Mumbles Cricket Club was formally established in 1925. Mumbles are ECB Clubmark accredited and play in the top tier South Wales Premier League with three Senior League teams, seven Junior League sides and a thriving Minis section.

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, and has hosted Glamorgan’s 2nd XI.

Further details of the day, including news of the beneficiary charity and 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.