Twenty20 cricket tournament for Bredon Hill villages

Twenty20 cricket tournament organiser Jake Denton
Jake Denton, left, landlord of the Crown, Kemerton, is organising a Twenty20 tournament for Bredon Hill cricket teams. The finals day will be held at Bredon’s Cricket Club’s Hill Close ground, right

Twenty20 cricket is coming to Bredon Hill!

Village teams from Bredon, Overbury and Ashton cricket clubs, and the Crown, Kemerton, will meet in an exciting round-robin tournament over the four Sundays of August 2017.

The competition is being called the Bredon Hill Bash and will culminate in a finals day at Hill Close on Sunday, August 27, at which the first and second placed teams, and the third and fourth, will play to decide the placings.

A local cricket fan is sponsoring a top-quality trophy for the winners.

The finals, in particular, will be a fun day for all the family. Local musical duo The Brethryn will be performing, and there will be a barbecue. The club’s licensed bar will also be open.

The competition is being organised by Jake Denton, landlord of the Crown at Kemerton, who is a former Bredon Cricket Club player.

Jake’s fond memories of his own cricketing experiences around Bredon Hill inspired him to organise the competition.

He regrets that the village cricket games he used to play on Sundays now happen much less frequently.

“One of the main problems is that people are so busy now,” he says. “A game of cricket can start just after lunch and not finish until early evening. People just don’t have the time.

“That’s why I thought the shorter, 20-over format of the game might be better.”

Twenty20 cricket has exploded in popularity in recent years.

Each of the two teams has a single 20-over innings.

A typical game is finished in about three hours.

It produces a more dramatic spectacle in which batsmen tend to go all out for runs.

For Jake, though, the priority is reigniting the appeal of village cricket, including the socialising that accompanies it.

Bredon Cricket Club certainly support that aim, and will be giving the competition our full backing.

Jake is still finalising details of times, rules and so forth, but we will keep you up to date on this website.

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