Thongsbridge Cricket Club will be holding the Big Bridge Bash on Sunday August 28. The event is a cricket festival with international players taking part. Club secretary Kieran O’Shea says there will be some fun family activities alongside the action on the field too.
The tournament will have four teams taking part in a 100-ball cricket format, the first to be played in the Huddersfield area. The four teams will play two semi-finals and the winners will then go through to a final.
There will be a team from Australia captained by Kieran Abrams, a South African team captained by Kai Greig, and a Rest of the World team captained by Pagram Sharma. That team will include players from India, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, the UK and Sri Lanka. The last team will be local to Thongsbridge.
Alongside the event there will be a live band playing to entertain the crowd, a duck race, a bar and grill, various food stalls and a longest throw competition.
“We are very excited to hold the Big Bridge Bash,” said Kieran. “It should be a fantastic day as long as the weather holds up. We believe this will be the first 100 competition in not just Huddersfield but Yorkshire to be held by a local club.
“There will be lots for people to do on the day and we are encouraging families to come along too as we have lots of activities happening along with the cricket. Hopefully funds raised from the event will make a big difference to our club.”
Thongsbridge has recently been awarded the official ECB Clubmark. League chairman Trevor Atkinson explains why that’s so important HERE.
Kieran added: “ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs which shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members.
“It is only available to clubs which are well managed, have safe junior sections and those who are able to create a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
“For many years, we have been striving to follow the principles of the ECB Clubmark as part of our development, and we have endeavoured to become a sustainable and ever improving club.
“We have tried to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment, within which we are able to enthuse and develop our volunteers, players and in particular, our junior members.
“In so doing, we have also tried to create an optimum experience for everyone attending our ground, as well as an atmosphere of togetherness.
“Clubmark accreditation is important to us, as it is confirmation, recognition and an acknowledgement for the wider community to see, including the schools and various groups who use our facilities, of how we organise our club and all that we have achieved so far.”