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Cricket fans could well get the chance to see the likes of Stuart Broad, Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth in action at Wormsley cricket ground this summer.
Wormsley are making available their picturesque Buckinghamshire ground for the Unicorns to play three Clydesdale Bank 40 matches - against Somerset on Sunday May 1, Nottinghamshire on Sunday May 15 and Glamorgan on Monday August 29.
And also on the schedule of fixtures at Wormsley this summer is an England Women’s One-Day International on Thursday July 7, the ECB 50+ County Championship Final on Sunday September 18 and a Celebrity Charity Cricket Day on Sunday July 10 in aid of the Armed Forces.
Tim Munton, the former Warwickshire and England seamer, is Managing Director of BIG Group Consultancy, who manage the cricket events at Wormsley, and he said: "We are really excited about this summer’s programme and are delighted to add a more extensive number of top class public events to our calendar, with the first class counties taking on the Unicorns in the CB40 competition as well as the England Women’s One Day International. We are looking forward to lots of sunshine and some big crowds.
"Wormsley, with its fantastic facilities and quintessentially English feel, used to be the best kept secret in cricket but we have worked hard in the past year or so to change that. The prospect of seeing Ashes heroes such as Stuart Broad and Marcus Trescothick in action at Wormsley in the CB40 competition will certainly be occasions not to be missed."
The Unicorns, a team made up of promising players who don’t currently have contracts with a first-class county, proved good enough to win three matches in last season’s competition and are again expected to provide stiff opposition to the established counties. They add another dimension to identifying young talent around the country and the CB40 competition is a great stage for these young cricketers to make a mark and help them achieve their ultimate goal of a professional contract with a first class county.
Added Munton: "We are delighted to build on the Unicorns versus Surrey game that we hosted last year and we like to think we can develop the relationship one day to become the home for all Unicorns home group matches."
It’s a measure of what they will be up against that Somerset were runners up in all three of last season’s competitions, while Nottinghamshire won the County Championship. To see how they get on, why not visit the most picturesque ground in the country this summer.
Wormsley is located just 30 seconds off Junction 5 of the M40 motorway, Stokenchurch in Buckinghamshire.
For more information on all Wormsley events this summer - including membership, tickets and hospitality packages - visit www.wormsleycricket.co.uk. You can book your tickets online via the website or by calling The Ticket Factory hotline number on 0844 338 0338.
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