October Cricketfest Hits La Manga Club
It’s been a standout summer of cricket with England winning the World Cup and drawing a memorable Ashes series, and things have been just as exciting on the pitch at La Manga Club – with the action set to continue thick and fast at the Spanish resort this month.
Fresh from hosting the inaugural European Cricket League this summer, the resort’s European Cricket Performance Centre will be the venue for no fewer than four high-profile T20 competitions in October, including the return of the Iberia Cup with the international event being held for the first time since the 1990s.
Taking place from October 24-27, the tournament between Spain, Portugal and Gibraltar is being streamed live by the European Cricket Network, with Portugal and Gibraltar playing their first matches since being granted T20 International status by the International Cricket Council in January.
Proceedings got underway at La Manga Club at the start of the month with a T20 charity tournament in aid of the Tom Maynard Trust. Being held for the fifth year running with ex-England international and interim Glamorgan head coach Matt Maynard in attendance, the event featured clubs from England, Wales and Spain playing in a three-day round-robin competition.
More than 120 club cricketers (a total of 10 teams) from England and Ireland will head to the resort from October 17-20 to take part in the Serious Cricket 100 T20 competition, jointly-organised with 8 Sports Management.
All the matches will be played on the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Oval and the Gregory Peters Oval, the two grounds that form part of the resort’s European Cricket Performance Centre.
And further enhancing La Manga Club’s reputation as ‘the home of cricket in Spain’, and as part of their partnership with Cricket Ireland and Cricket Scotland, will be Scotland’s Under-19 squad and Ireland men’s team. The former will be holding a warm-weather training camp at the resort in December ahead of the U19 World Cup in January, whilst the latter will sharpen up their skills in the close season during a visit to prepare for their tour to the West Indies the same month.
Completed at the start of this year, La Manga Club’s European Cricket Performance Centre – the only one of its kind – has been designed to help international teams, counties, clubs, schools, colleges and academies, as well as assisting with the development of players and coaches.
Extensive facilities include six first-class grass pitches, plus 23 grass and five artificial net lanes – all with 25-yard run-ups – a specialist grass fielding, catching and wicket-keeping areas. Hampshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Glamorgan and Gloucestershire were among the counties to hold warm-weather training camps at the resort in the build-up to the 2019 season.
Also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association, La Manga Club’s unrivalled other facilities include three 18-hole golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and more than 15 bars and restaurants.