Cricketers young and old have the chance to ‘Beat The Pro’ on West Bridgford’s Croquet Lawn during the ICC Cricket World Cup, with winners scooping T20 Vitality Blast cricket tickets as prizes.
All are invited to try and beat the time of Notts Outlaws batsman Jake Libby, who has posted a rapid 30.9 seconds over a challenging batting and throwing course that cricket fans can now replicate.
The task for competitors is to run around and complete the course as quickly as possible whilst keeping-up a practice cricket ball, followed by throwing at three stumps, two and finally one.
Test yourself against Jake’s time, or simply take part for fun, on the lawn adjacent to Central Avenue in West Bridgford across four dates in June.
They coincide with the latter four ICC Cricket World Cup games taking place a few hundred yards away at Trent Bridge cricket ground:
1-3pm, Monday June 3 (England v Pakistan)
1-3pm, Thursday June 6 (Australia v West Indies)
1-3pm, Thursday June 13 (India v New Zealand)
1-3pm, Thursday June 20 (Australia v Bangladesh)
The individual who posts the fastest time each day will receive four tickets to watch Notts Outlaws in T20 Vitality Blast action in July or August at Trent Bridge.
The fastest time posted over all four dates will receive an additional special prize.
The initiative is part of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s engagement programme surrounding the ICC Cricket World Cup, which will also see local primary school children embrace cricket sessions on the lawn each day.
Carnival style music will welcome event goers, provided by Nottingham Trent University’s Bhangra Society and Nottingham Asian Arts Council.
Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Debbie Mason said: “These events promise to be a fun-filled celebration of cricket for residents, visitors and school children alike, as we welcome the ICC Cricket World Cup to Rushcliffe, reiterating the Borough as a great place for sport.
“Whether you’re nine or 90, come and see if you can ‘Beat the Pro’ and beat Jake’s time on the Croquet Lawn. Good luck to all who take part.”
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club Community and Development Manager Mandy Wright said: “The ICC Cricket World Cup is about far more than the 17,000 people lucky enough to have tickets for each game.
“It brings with it an atmosphere and sense of occasion for the whole community to enjoy, and hopefully inspiring as many people as possible to pick up a bat and ball and get involved.
“Participants certainly have their work cut out if they’re going to beat Jake Libby’s time in the challenge. The main thing is that people of all ages have a lot of fun trying.”