THE chairman of Burton’s historic Breweries Cup believes that the 2013 edition is set for a blistering start.
The competition, which is the country’s oldest cricket tournament, will see its first round of matches played on May 26, and Norman Thompson tipped one of the ties to be a thriller.
“It’s a good draw, especially with Ticknall and Trentside facing each other in the first round,” he said.
“Trentside reached the final of last year’s competition, but my prediction is that Ticknall will be very hard to beat this time around if they play their first team.”
Tutbury, who lifted the trophy last summer after a thrilling final, will begin their title defence away to Burton, while Rolleston host Hilton and Alrewas entertain Hammerwich
Thompson also highlighted the stature of the competition, saying: “This is the country’s oldest cricket competition and is the only one that still uses the 60-over format.
“It’s a remarkable and wonderful competition.
“Not only is it for charity, it allows proper cricket to be played.
“It’s nothing like the T20 cricket that you see today.
“We even have Burton MP Andrew Griffiths coming down to do the trophy presentation this year.
“It’ll be a great occasion.”
The semi-finals will see Alrewas or Hammerwich have home advantage against Rolleston or Hilton on July 23, while Burton or Tutbury will play host to Ticknall or current holders Trentside.
The final of the historic competition will be held at Trentside Cricket Club on August 19, with August 25 set as the reserve date.
All proceeds made from the tournament are donated to local charities each year, with Burton Gym People and Burton Physically Handicapped and Disabled Club set to benefit this summer.