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The 2013 Minor Counties Cricket Festival dates and participants have been confirmed.

The Under 12s Competition (sponsored by the Ipswich Building Society): Arrival at RHS on Friday 2nd August (afternoon) with matches on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and depart after the fifth and final match on Wednesday 7th August 2013.

The following Under 12 Counties are confirmed: Cumbria, Cleveland, Northumberland, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, The Netherlands and hosts, Suffolk.

The Under 11s Festival: Arrival at RHS on Thursday 8th August (afternoon) with fixtures on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, with the fourth and last match being played on Monday 12th August 2013.

The following Under 11 Counties are attending: Cumbria, Cleveland, Northumberland, Pembrokeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, North Essex District, and new for 2013, Huntingdonshire and Metropolitan Essex District .

The Festivals started in 1999 with the Under 11s and were idea of the former professional cricketer, Don Topley who is now master i/c Cricket at RHS. The more competitive Under 12 Competition, which is kindly sponsored by the Ipswich Building Society, began in 2005.

Don Topley said, “The Festivals are best in the country for these age groups. To have over 350 talented young cricketers playing on the stunning RHS pitches overlooking the River Stour is an inspiring sight. Seven former ‘old boys’ of the Festivals have now gone on to be full-time professional cricketers and five have represented England Under 19s in the last year. And over the past years the participants have enjoyed a surprise visits from some famous faces including former England internationals Mike Gatting, Nick Knight and Darren Gough.

He added, “These events also bring significant income to the local community with so many families visiting and staying around the Shotley Peninsula.”

Mike Gatting

Former England Cricket Captain, Mike Gatting, with the Suffolk U12 cricketers

For more information about these events please contact:

Don Topley on 07920 164126 or at School on 01473 326200 or Email dtopley@royalhospitalschool.org

The Royal Hospital School is a co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org