CRICKET: Big game at Rugby School

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Warwickshire Bears v Glamorgan Dragons in the Friends Life t20 competition

Saturday’s cricket match at Rugby School will be a very special day for one Glamorgan player.

Graham Wagg grew up here and is looking forward to playing in front of family and friends among the 3,000-strong crowd in his home town

The former Ashlawn School boy, who began his career as an 11-year-old with GEC Rugby CC, will be playing against his old club Warwickshire.

There are only a few tickets left for the Bears v Dragons Friends Life t20 fixture - the first time Warwickshire have hosted away from Edgbaston since 2005.

Warwickshire have only made finals day once in their history, in the very first competition in 2003.

However, as Edgbaston are hosting the next four years, they’ll be doing their utmost to qualify this year.

Players on show include all-rounder Chris Woakes who has just returned from England’s ICC Champions Trophy squad, as well as LV County Championship-winning Captain Jim Troughton, England Lions trio of Rikki Clarke, Varun Chopra and Chris Wright, as well as New Zealand spinner Jeetan Patel.

Graham, 30, who joined Glamorgan three years ago, said: “I’m really looking forward to it. It’s the first 1st XI game to be played at Rugby School and against one of my old teams. It’s a privilege for me to be part of it and great publicity for the town.”

A left-arm, fast-medium bowler, Graham was in fine form in the Dragons’ opening game in the competition against Worcestershire, recording career best figures of 5-14 for a new club record.

The match starts at 2.30pm and this will be the first chance to see the Bears at home in this year’s Friends Life t20.

It is virtually a 3,000 sell-out but at the time of press there were a few tickets left for sale at Hope clothing in Sheep Street, Rugby, costing £15 for adults and £5 for under 16s.

In the unlikely event of any tickets remaining, they will be sold on the gate at the higher price of £20 for adults and £5 for juniors.

PICTURE: Rugby School headmaster Patrick Derham with Warwickshire all-rounder Steffan Poilet and chief executive Colin Povey