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Brentwood Gazette report: Billericay Cricket Club are to get a taste of International T20 cricket when they host the Pepsi Europe Division Two ICC qualifying tournament later this month.

Austria, Belgium, Germany, Gibraltar, Isle of Man and Norway will take part in the tournament, with eight games being played at the Blunts Wall Road facilities.

The week begins with an Open Day double-header on June 22, when Billericay take on Austria and then Belgium as a pre-cursor to the main event.

The Open Day will allow members of the public to visit the ground and clubhouse, then meet the cricket coaches with a view to joining or hiring the facilities for that special function.

The ICC development programme has thriving cricket communities in these and many other nations throughout the world and they compete in qualifying tournaments in hopes of reaching the finals and taking on the might of England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Pakistan and West Indies.

The tournament starts on June 23 with 3 games at the county ground in Chelmsford then on Tuesday June 24 Billericay CC host Germany v Isle of Man. Belgium v Norway, Austria v Norway and Belgium v Isle of Man and on Thursday June 26; Belgium v Germany, Norway v Gibraltar, Norway v Germany and Gibraltar v Isle of Man. With two further games each day at Garons Park in Southend.

Morning games start at 10am and afternoon games at 3pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend with admission to all games being free.

Billericay CC will be offering a full bar and BBQ on the Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Seating is limited so spectators are advised to bring their own chair for boundary viewing.

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