With this year’s National Armed Forces Day due to be hosted by Nottingham tomorrow, Outlaw’s fans at the first Twenty20 match of the summer were joined in the stands by local armed forces personnel invited to the match by Nottinghamshire CCC. We caught up with one of the men in uniform, Able Seaman Locke from HMS Sherwood. AB Locke told us why Trent Bridge is special to him and gave some fighting talk to the visiting Australians this summer.
With just under two weeks to go before the biggest cricket event of the summer begins, Matt Prior is struggling to put into words how excited he is.
As the contest draws closer, the hype of it all starts to hit home with Prior extra excited to get back in an England shirt and beat their oldest enemy.
“Playing Ashes cricket is like nothing else for an English cricketer and it provides a fantastic opportunity and honour which is different to any other series,” Prior said.
With the Ashes fast approaching it will come as a confidence breaking move for poor Nick Compton who at the experienced age of 29 will be making way for 22-year-old youngster Joe Root in England’s pre-Ashes warm up match against Essex.
The England set-up will find this move to be fully justified as Compton has failed to show any vigour or incontestable skill in his recent performances scoring 18, 15, and a high of 56 in his last three county appearances, crippling his chances of gaining a respectable position in the international fold.
The Ashes are coming to Trent Bridge and with less than three weeks to go, the official tourist board Experience Nottinghamshire has been working with local tourism businesses to welcome cricket fans from across the globe. Here is the first of their blogs for us:
Visitors coming to Nottingham to see the greatest cricket rivalry in the world will be able to access a wide range of special offers and experience the best the region has to offer at a variety of bars, restaurants and attractions. These are all accessible via a dedicated page to Trent Bridge on the destination website.
Fourteen teams took part in the inaugural Test Match Trophy which was held on Sunday 23rd June at Notts Sports Ground.
The final was closely contested between West Brigfordians 6’s and Scargill School from Derbyshire.
The Bridgfordians were the eventual winner by just seven runs in an action packed game the final score reading West Bridgfordians 247 to Scargill’s 240.
Australia have found themselves in the sporting spotlight once again this morning, after announcing the departure of head coach Mickey Arthur, just 16 days before the first day of the summer’s Ashes Series.
Arthur was relieved of his duties as a result of ‘struggles on and off the field’, according to Cricket Australia, and Darren Lehmann has been announced as his replacement.
“This has been a difficult decision to make but one that we feel is necessary,” said CEO James Sutherland.
Trent Bridge has a knack for hiring interesting staff, on a bustling match day the ground is a hive of activity as hundreds ensure that everything is in full working order. One man who completely reverses the adage of being seen and not heard is Dave Ince, announcer for Nottinghamshire’s LV=County Championship matches at Trent Bridge. This is what he had to say:
From Thursday June 27 to Saturday July 6, hit play The Ashes is back at the Nottingham Playhouse by popular demand.
The play depicts the life story of Nottinghamshire cricket legend Harold Larwood and his involvement in the infamous ‘Bodyline Series’ in 1932/3.