Bexhill set for Norwegian invasion

Shawn Johnson charges in for Bexhill during their Gray-Nicolls Sussex T20 Cup clash at home to Hastings Priory on Sunday. Picture by Simon Newstead
Shawn Johnson charges in for Bexhill during their Gray-Nicolls Sussex T20 Cup clash at home to Hastings Priory on Sunday. Picture by Simon Newstead

Bexhill Cricket Club will take on Norway at The Polegrove tomorrow (Sunday) in what is believed to be the first ever international cricket match to occur in the town.

While not necessarily known for their cricketing prowess, Norway are in the UK to take part in the 2013 ICC European T20 Championship Division One and have requested Bexhill to be their official warm-up fixture for the event.

Bexhill Cricket Club junior co-ordinator Hamish Russell said: “It’s a pretty big occasion for us - not often an international team of any sport comes to Bexhill so hopefully we can draw a good crowd.”

The format of the day will see the teams play two T20 matches against each other starting at approximately 11am and 3pm. These matches will be played to full ICC World T20 regulations and come with all the thrills associated with this form of the game, including the white ball, coloured clothing, music and some fast-paced cricket.

Russell continued: “We are absolutely delighted to be hosting such a unique event, and this goes to show the progress that Bexhill Cricket Club has made on and off the playing fields over the last few years.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Norway to The Polegrove and hope to see as many local residents on the day. We are also delighted to be welcoming the mayor, the town’s MP, and other local councillors and dignitaries to The Polegrove.”

The matches are free to watch for people and families of all ages with spectators advised to begin arriving from 10.15am onwards.

Russell continued: “As a community club, it is important to us that we make sure that an event like this is available for everyone to enjoy, and making it free entry shows our commitment to sharing cricket and sport with the residents of Bexhill.”

There will be other forms of entertainment happening during the day, including free games for children during the breaks and fun coaching drills on the outfield.

Norway will move on from Bexhill to Horsham for the start of their 2013 ICC European T20 Championship Division One campaign against Guernsey the following day.