Wasps have revealed their expected line-up for the Twenty20 friendly clash with Bedworth Cricket Club next weekend.
The black-and-golds are swapping the oval ball for a round one at Miners Welfare Park on Sunday, 15 July at 1.30pm to celebrate the re-opening of Bedworth Cricket Club’s pavilion following a £250,000 refurbishment.
Joining Jimmy Gopperth and Tom Cruse for the pre-season challenge is new Wasps signing and England international Kieran Brookes, along with other senior players including Josh Bassett, Craig Hampson, Rob Miller, Will Rowlands and Antonio Harris.
It will also be the first time for Wasps fans to see the club’s new Championship signings in the flesh, with Joe Atkinson, Michael Le Bourgeios, Ben Morris and Billy Searle all pencilled in to play.
The idea for the cricket match came about following discussions between Wasps owner Derek Richardson and Bedworth Cricket Club chairman Ivor Richards.
“The players are in the middle of their pre-season schedules now and they are looking forward to what will be their first competitive test of the season,” said Derek.
“We have announced a strong line-up that has vast amounts of sporting talent, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against Bedworth’s first team, who I know are performing very well at the moment.
“We’re pleased to be playing a part in helping Bedworth Cricket Club to mark the start of a new era, and hope that the public can join us to watch this rare encounter.”
The new-look pavilion now has four player changing rooms instead of two, along with an additional umpire changing room. A new kitchen and bar has also been installed at the venue.
Renovation works came about after the club was successful in obtaining grants amounting to a total of £255,000 from Sport England, Warwickshire County Council, ECB and WREN. The club has also received support from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
“Everybody at Bedworth Cricket Club can’t wait for next Sunday in what is set to be one of the biggest days in our history,” added Ivor.
“Not only is it a great moment to look ahead to the future for the club, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for our first team players to pit themselves against elite sportsmen, albeit from a different sport.”
Entry to the match is free. The official opening of the pavilion is set to take place at 11.30am, which will also see a signed Wasps shirt presented to Bedworth Cricket Club before the game gets underway at 1.30pm.