CRICKET: Bears at Rugby School

Warwickshire Bears v Glamorgan Dragons in July 2013
Warwickshire Bears v Glamorgan Dragons in July 2013

Warwickshire hoping to stage another game at the Close in 2014

WARWICKSHIRE are set to play a first-team 50-over match at Rugby School in 2014 following the venue’s impressive debut as an outground this year.

The school’s hosting of a Twenty20 game against Glamorgan in July was a great success, with the pitch and facilities meeting with approval and a sell-out crowd in attendance.

Now the Bears are likely to upgrade their visit next year to a match in the new 50-over competition, which will replace the YB40 in the fixture-list.

The tournament will be played in an initial group format from late July onwards and one of Warwickshire’s home matches will be at Rugby.

“We are keen to take a 50-over game there and the school are keen to host one, so now we are just waiting for the draft fixtures to come through so we can pinpoint a match,” said Warwickshire chief executive Colin Povey.

“As a club we were delighted with the way the school hosted the t20 match this year. Everything was right - except the result.”

Despite the magnificent surroundings for this summer’s game, Warwickshire Bears were unable to rise to the occasion and were beaten by eight wickets.

Having won the toss they batted first, looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of Glamorgan just three days earlier.

But they lost wickets at regular intervals and could only post a total of 126-8.

The Glamorgan side included bowler Graham Wagg, returning to his home town and enjoying the experience of playing in front of friends and family.

Glamorgan eventually cruised to victory, finishing on 132-2 from 17.4 overs in a memorable day.