Truro set to welcome Somerset to Cornish Cricket Festival
Somerset are coming to Truro this summer to play their part in the 2013 Cornish Cricket Festival.
The Cidermen will take on the ECB Unicorns in a Clydesdale Bank 40 fixture at Truro's Boscawen Park on Friday, June 14.
The first match of the Festival was announced in November – the Netherlands will take on Nottinghamshire in the same competition at Truro on June 19.
The two fixtures are a coup for the Festival organisers after last year's rain-affected inaugural event, when a women's one-day international between England and India was the main match.
The Festival is promoted by St Austell-based hospitality company Cornish Sporting Club, whose director Alan George said: "The two matches are the first men's competitive matches in the competition to be staged in Cornwall since Cornwall themselves competed in the old NatWest trophy more than ten years ago.
"Since the competition was re-structured, Cornwall and all other Minor Counties sides in the UK have been no longer able to compete in it, which has left the many cricket fans in the county starved of major action."
Somerset habitually field their first-choice one-day side in the CB40 tournament, while the Unicorns squad is made up of players of rich promise or with top-level county experience who are without first-class contracts.
The Unicorns have been captained by former Somerset all-rounder Kevin Parsons, who is now a Cornwall stalwart. The Unicorns' head coach, Phil Oliver, said: "We know that passion for cricket is at an all-time high in the county and we look forward to a great atmosphere for the game on June 14."