CRICKET: See Warwickshire Bears at Rugby School

The scene at Rugby School last year
The scene at Rugby School last year

Tickets still available for Sunday’s game

There are still tickets available for Rugby’s cricket fans to watch Warwickshire Bears in action on their doorstep on Sunday.

The Royal London Cup game against Kent Spitfires will be played on The Close at Rugby School, starting at 10.30am.

The idyllic venue proved such a success last July, Bears were keen to return for a full one-day game this year and are looking forward to playing in front of crowds from a different part of Warwickshire.

The Edgbaston club are currently fifth in Group B of the 50-over competition, with Kent unbeaten in third.

Some of the big names currently in the side include England batsman Jonathan Trott, fast bowler Boyd Rankin, former England wicket keeper Tim Ambrose, all rounder Rikki Clarke, captain Varun Chopra, New Zealand off spinner Jeetan Patel and Ireland captain William Porterfield.

Kent’s top names include England off spinner James Tredwell and former England batsman Robert Key.

Bears have won two of their four games so far. They started well last month with a four-run win over Middlesex Panthers at Lords, helped by 78 from Trott.

Then their 118-run win over Sussex Sharks at Edgbaston was boosted by 111 by Chopra and 83 by Porterfield.

Trott scored a century and Ambrose 70 in their third game, but couldn’t avoid a five-wicket defeat at Durham and on Tuesday against Somerset Warwickshire lost by 117 runs.

In their opening game Kent beat Durham by two wickets with 64 from Sam Billings and 47 from Robert Key. And, in their win over Somerset at Taunton, Billings hit 135 not out and Sam Northeast 132. On Tuesday they tied with Surrey at the Oval.

Tickets for Sunday are £15 in advance for adults and £5 for under 16s available from Hope Clothing in Sheep Street and Rugby Visitor Centre in the library foyer, Little Elborow Street. (Adult tickets £20 on gate if available).