Keith Parsons launches Cornish Cricket Festival
Former Somerset player and ex-Cornwall professional Keith Parsons has been in Truro for the launch of this year's Cornish Cricket Festival.
He was joined by the chief executive of Dutch cricket Richard Cox to announce the 2013 line-up.
Last year Truro Cricket Club hosted its first one-day international match when England Ladies took on their India counterparts at Boscawen Park.
Two high-profile Yorkshire Bank 40-over league matches have been confirmed for this year's festival. On Friday, June 14 Unicorns, captained by Parsons, will play his former club Somerset. On Wednesday, June 19 the Netherlands will face Nottinghamshire.
The Festival will provide Cornish cricket fans with an opportunity to watch some household names in action, including Somerset's Marcus Trescothick and Nottinghamshire's England batsman James Taylor, as well as of some of the country's most promising players, in the shape of the Unicorns.
Players of the Unicorns will certainly have a point to prove, as they are made up of players who have just missed out on contracts with county sides.
Unicorns' captain Parsons said: "Truro is a great place to play cricket and I'm really looking forward to bringing the Unicorns down to face the Netherlands.
"I know Somerset very well, I've played with most of them, and they are a quality side. Marcus Trescothick, Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler are just some of the names to look out for and it will be great to see them playing down here.
"Normally the Cornish fans have to travel up to Taunton to see games, so it's great they will have these games on their doorstep. Hopefully we will have a couple of dry days and it will be a great occasion."
The Netherlands add an international flavour to this year's festival and Cox, a former director at Warwickshire Cricket Club, is looking forward to bringing the Dutch to the county.
He said: "For us it's an opportunity to raise the profile of Dutch cricket in an area of the UK we wouldn't normally be able to do. I've been coming down here for 23 years with Warwickshire and I knew it was a cricketing hotbed."
The Yorkshire Bank 40-over competition features 18 first-class county sides, the Netherlands, Scotland and the Unicorns, with teams split into three groups. The winner from each group and the best runner-up advance to the semi-finals, with the final at Lords.