13th February 2020 — The 34th edition of the renowned England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) David English Bunbury Festival, will play out under the blue skies of the sunshine coast between 2 and 7 August.
The announcement was made public today by Cricket World Magazine, The Cricketer, and the ECB who released a press statement to their hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. The event will add to the ever-growing list of Eastbourne's county/national/international events that currently include the Nature Valley International Tennis Championship. This is a fantastic opportunity for the school and the people of Eastbourne to enjoy top-level cricket on their doorstep.
Former Kent and Nottinghamshire professional and Director of Cricket at the College, Rob Ferley, stated,
"Having played in the Bunbury Festival back in 1997 along with future England player James Tredwell [now part of the college’s coaching team], and subsequently forging a lifelong friendship with him, the opportunity to be part of the 2020 Festival and to help nurture the next generation is something that we are really proud of."
In 2018, the Bunbury Festival was rebranded after formalisation of its position on the ECB Player Pathway. The Festival’s pedigree boasts over 80 Bunbury ‘graduates’ who have gone on to win international caps, and hundreds more playing county cricket.
Last year, College cricketer Danial Ibrahim was selected for the Bunbury XI against the West Indies; the same year that witnessed record-breaking, 1000-run-scoring talent in the form of sixth former Tawanda Muyeye.