Gloucester festival becomes victim of fixtures cut

Gloucestershire have reluctantly decided to abandon the popular Gloucester Festival for at least the next two seasons.

But there may still be a future for county cricket at the Kings School, depending on the number of group fixtures in the domestic Twenty20 competition.

For the 2012 Friends Life t20 competition there will only be five home games for each county and that makes playing two at Gloucester, rather than Bristol, as has happened in recent seasons, an unrealistic prospect.

Gloucestershire chief executive, Tom Richardson explained: “For the last two years, t20 fixtures have worked really well at Gloucester and we are disappointed not to be going back there in 2012.

“The number of t20 home fixtures for 2012 has been reduced from eight to five. Playing two games at Gloucester is not possible and playing one is just not viable.

“We campaigned hard to keep the number of t20 fixtures at eight – which would have allowed us to continue to take the show on the road – and we were very disappointed not to succeed.

“We have been extremely grateful to Gloucestershire City Council, The King’s School and our sponsors for their enthusiasm and hard work for t20 games. We felt the venue worked so well.

“We would also like to thank Richard Graham, MP, who has helped significantly with our t20 games over the last two years.

“GCCC would very much like to be back at Gloucester in the future and we will be looking at ways of realising this ambition. The recently published ECB Morgan Report proposes seven t20 games from 2014 and this may give us the opportunity.

“Our thanks also go to all those people that have supported t20 cricket at Gloucester.”

*To view the 2012 county fixtures please go to: http://stats.thecricketer.com/Seasons/2012.html

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