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Saint Swann recalls Sunday knockouts

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England spinner Graeme Swann has fond memories of his time playing for Northampton Saints in what is now called the Kingfisher Beer Cup.

The 45-over competition, which is under new sponsorship, begins on April 29 with 256 clubs competing for a place in the final and £5,000 prize money.

Last year’s champions Shrewsbury will be hoping for a return to Derby's County Ground where the final will be staged on Sunday 16 September.

"My first senior club was Northampton Saints who I am still registered to today," recalled Swann, an ambassador for Kingfisher Beer.

Kumar Sangakkara & Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann has happy memories of playing for Northampton Saints in what is now known as the Kingfisher Beer Cup

"The Saints used to play in the Cockspur Cup, former sponsors of the national club championship. I watched my dad play in a semi-final once somewhere and I remember playing a few great games around the Midlands area.

"I remember facing Steve Ogrizovic who bowled fast for Coventry and North Warwickshire when I was about 15. They were great days.

"I still remember my club days as fondly as any cricket I have ever played in and still love going back to the Saints whenever I can for a couple of pints and to watch a game."

More than 350 clubs have registered for the Kingfisher Quiz and Curry night - an interactive video quiz involving Swann, Darren Gough, Alec Stewart and Phil Tufnell.

The fully downloadable quiz pack also contains everything you need to run a fundraising event including answer sheets, ticket templates and posters to advertise the event at your club.

"I think the quiz night is a great idea," said Swann.

"For one, it gets me beamed around cricket clubs across the country which has to be a good thing, and it’s a great way to raise money for clubs as they rely on activity like this and it’s a fun way of doing it."