Cornwall chosen to host CB40 encounter
Nottinghamshire and the Netherlands will be making the trek to Truro next summer to contest the showpiece fixture of the Cornish Cricket Festival.
Truro's Boscawen Park will be the venue for the Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture between Nottinghamshire Outlaws and the Dutch national team. The game is due to take place on Wednesday, June 19.
The match will be a 'home' fixture for the Netherlands, who are due to visit Trent Bridge for the Group A away game on Sunday, May 26.
Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, Mick Newell, has insisted that his team will not be going to the Westcountry for a summer holiday. "The Netherlands have proved to be more than competitive in this competition, and we know that we will face a stern test in Cornwall," he said yesterday.
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"Our defeat in Scotland last year made qualification [for the tournament's knock-out stages] very difficult for us, and we'll have to be on top of our game to win in Truro.
"We have played a lot of matches at out-grounds in recent seasons and it always makes for an interesting game when batsmen and bowlers are unsure as to how they can benefit from the conditions."
Playing conditions at Truro were none too kind for this year's Cornish Cricket Festival, when a men's Twenty20 encounter between Cornwall and a Professional Cricketers' Association Masters XI in early July was cancelled because of wet weather.
Boscawen Park did manage to stage the second fixture of the 2012 Festival, however. In a women's one-day international which was watched by about 1,500 spectators, England beat India by three wickets at the Cornish venue.
Next year's other Festival fixture is due to be confirmed early next month.