After the Lions, come the Bears and Dragons

With all eyes this weekend will be Down Under on the 3rd Rugby Test between Australia  and the touring British and Irish Lions, the focus at the very birthplace of rugby football will be on Bears and Dragons.

Why?

Warwickshire County Cricket Club (aka The Warwickshire Bears) come to the delightful setting of Rugby School this Saturday for the third of their 2013 T20 group games, where they will face Glamorgan.

Having visited Stratford-upon-Avon on several occasions up until a few years ago, it is the first time that WCCC have left the sanctum of their more-recognised home ground of Edgbaston for several years to camp at an out-ground as such.

Also, having hosted a number of 2nd XI county games on The Close in the more-recent past, it is the first time that Rugby School has had the honour of hosting a first class fixture, so in many ways it is a very unique occasion for bringing first class cricket to such a venue and also to this part of [eastern] Warwickshire.

Where it all started

Where it all started

Rugby School

Gateway to the hallowed turf

Gateway to the hallowed turf

Who, when, what

Who, when, what

Given the announcement of the fixture a few months back and tickets subsequently going on sale about 6-8 weeks ago, it was a little surprising that the game has not been declared a sell-out until yesterday (In fact I got 2 tickets on Monday in what I think is the only outlet in town to have them, plus you could buy online).

Not only is Rugby School and The Close steeped in history from being the very place where William Webb Ellis picked up a ball and ran with it – thus creating the game of rugby, it is a great setting from which to watch cricket.

A great setting for cricket

A great setting for cricket

After the Lions, come the Bears

After the Lions, come the Bears

With a crowd of approximately 3,000 expected by my guestimation, Saturday promises to be an interesting day for those both watching Lions on one side of the globe and then those following Bears and Dragons on the other.

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