The Hampshire Hogs are looking forward to welcoming all cricket fans to their beautiful home ground of Warnford for a day of fast-paced six-a-side cricket on Sunday 16 August 2015. All are welcome and entry is free.
Eight teams split into two groups of four will play a round-robin group stage, with the top two teams in each group progressing to the finals. In total there will be 15 matches. There will be all the usual trappings of one-day cricket — coloured clothing, pink balls, a DJ — plus 8-ball overs and the mysterious Super Over. Play starts and 9:30am and continues throughout the day.
The action is not limited to the field of play: around the boundary there will be food and drink in the form of locally brewed ales, Pimm’s Tent, and freshly made smoothies, and a Hog roast (naturally). In the afternoon there will be home-made cakes for tea. There will also be a number of boundary-side cricket workshops for keen young cricketers, to help the next generation hone their skills and maybe learn some new ones.
2014, the inaugural year for the tournament, saw Bereliegh Bandits clinch the title in a breathtaking last over finale against the Hampshire Hogs Under25s team, a fitting end to an exciting day which saw some livestock-endangering batting displays and truly acrobatic fielding. The standard of cricket was commendable throughout, as was the spirit in which the teams competed, and we expect nothing less this year.
“Warnford is among the most beautiful grounds in the country and is a truly delightful place to play and watch cricket,” said George Browne, one of the organsing committee. “This is a great opportunity for families to get out into the beautiful Hampshire countryside and enjoy a day of fast-paced, action-packed sport, all for free. So please, chuck a few deck chairs or a picnic rug in the car, bring your family, your friends, colleagues, and neighbours to share our wonderful ground with us.”