Saint Swann recalls Sunday knockouts
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.
"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."