International cricket arrives in Cornwall for the Cornish Cricket Festival hosted by the Cornish Sporting Club.
The first international cricket match ever to be staged in Cornwall will take place this summer during a major new sporting festival.
After an absence of nine years, top level cricket is making a welcome return with the Teddington Solar Cornish Cricket Festival 2012, being hosted by the Cornish Sporting Club.
The festival will include two high profile professional matches, including a NatWest Women’s One Day International - England v India, and the Men’s Twenty 20 Challenge match – Cornwall v PCA Masters Eleven.
The England Women’s team is currently the world number one side and ICC Women’s World Cup champions, whilst India women are ranked number three in the world in 50 over cricket.
England Women’s captain, Charlotte Edwards, said: 'I’m looking forward to playing the fourth match of the NatWest Women’s Series against India as part of the Cornish Cricket Festival; it’s fantastic for women’s cricket to be showcased in the county.
'I’m sure the festival will be an exciting event and I hope it inspires young people, especially girls across Cornwall to play and support cricket.'
Organiser, Alan George, from the Cornish Sporting Club, said: 'The England v India match is a fantastic coup for Cornwall and we are extremely proud to be hosting the festival. We want to share our passion for cricket with sports fans, families and anyone else who fancies a great day out.'
The women’s match will take place on July 8, whilst the Cornwall v PCA Masters Eleven will be played on July 5.
Truro Cricket Club, in Malpas, will host the games and there will also be a selection of activities and events throughout the week.
The full line up for the PCA Masters side has recently been announced and includes the following high profile players: Paul Nixon (captain), Lou Vincent, Chris Schofield, Ian Harvey, Alex Tudor, Greg Matthews, Martin Bicknell, Phil DeFreitas, Saqlain Mushtaq, John Emburey and Dean Headley.
Tom Sharp, Cornwall’s captain said: 'We’ve got strengths throughout our side, with several experienced players, but a fairly young side overall with a great deal of talent.
'I think with the line up we’ve got it’ll definitely be an entertaining game. We’re hoping it’ll draw in the crowds and get more young people interested in the game.'
Travelling to the Cricket Festival from Falmouth? The hop on an Enterprise Boat which will take you all the way to Truro and bring you back. If you need to stay later, you can grab a Fal Mussel Card Visitor and travle back on the train.