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Barmy Army and The Richies announce a return of fan-favourite Bashes T20 Series

Barmy Army and The Richies announce a return of fan-favourite Bashes T20 Series
Barmy Army and The Richies announce a return of fan-favourite Bashes T20 Series
©Barmy Army
©Barmy Army

World-famous England cricket fan club Barmy Army and Australian fan organisation The Richies will be locking horns once again in the Bashes, a much-loved fan version of The Ashes.

The competition, which dates back to the 2002/3 Ashes Series, is played both at home and away, representing the very best of the sporting rivalry and friendship shared by these dedicated (and cricket-mad!) supporters.

Current circumstances prevent the anticipated invasion of 35,000 English cricket fans from travelling down under. All is not lost, however, as the Barmy Army has a Supporters Club in each state who will battle to retain the Series following a tightly contested 3-2 victory in 2017/18.

This year, both teams are playing not just for honour and glory, but for worthy charitable causes. The Barmy Army will be donning red for the Ruth Strauss Foundation, set up by former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss in order to provide emotional support for families facing the death of a parent while raising awareness of non-smoking lung cancers.

The Richies, meanwhile, will play in pink in support of the McGrath Foundation, which funds specialist breast cancer nurses in communities all over Australia under its president, former Australian international cricketer Glenn McGrath.

The first match of the Bashes Series will be a day/nighter, taking place under the floodlights of Valley Cricket District Cricket Club, Yoku Road, Ashgrove, Qld 4060 on Sunday, December 5th. A 5:30 coin toss will be followed by a playing of the clubs’ respective national anthems, with the match due to start at 6pm.

The second T20 will be played Adelaide University Cricket Club, North Adelaide SA 5006, on Wednesday, December 15th with a 4pm start. The Series will conclude with three more Bashes to be announced in due course.

A spokesperson for the Ruth Strauss Foundation said: “Cricket is a huge part of Ruth’s story, and we’re delighted that the Barmy Army are raising awareness of the support and research our Foundation provides.”

A spokesperson for the McGrath Foundation added: “It’s always a pleasure to see The Richies taking up their pink gear to highlight the vital nursing support we offer to those facing the challenges associated with breast cancer.

A spokesperson for the Barmy Army said: “The Bashes represents a coming together of like-minded people in the spirit of community and competition. Given the challenges of recent times, that kind of connection to the people around us is more necessary than ever, and we can’t wait to see the Barmy Army and The Richies face off in this Bash of the Titans.”

Founded in 1994, the Barmy Army remains dedicated to helping English cricket fans of all stripes to express their love of the game and show their support for the England team, providing a friendly and inclusive community for events like the much-anticipated Bashes.

For more information, visit https://barmyarmy.com.