England cricketer Liam Plunkett takes part in Tamil cricket festival in Oxhey

Watford Observer: England cricketer Liam Plunkett takes part in Tamil cricket festival in Oxhey England cricketer Liam Plunkett takes part in Tamil cricket festival in Oxhey

England cricketer Liam Plunkett was among the visitors to a Tamil cricket festival at Bushey Cricket club in Brookdene Avenue, Oxhey, on Sunday.

The English Tamil Cricket League festival (ETCL) included live music, food stalls, coaching sessions and a six-a-side cricket competition. Fans also had the chance to have their photos taken with Plunkett and the Investec Test series trophy.

ECB managing director of cricket partnerships Mike Gatting said: "The festival has become a hugely popular event since it was first launched four years ago and it’s a great opportunity for cricket lovers of all ages to get together and enjoy playing or watching the game with their family and friends.

"We’re delighted to be involved and our presence is all part of ECB’s wider efforts to engage more closely with South Asian communities and show support for thriving leagues like the ETCL which now boasts 16 teams and more than 1,000 players involved across the South-East.

Gopi Raj, general secretary and founder of the ETCL, added: "There was something for everyone from softball cricket for women and juniors through to a highly competitive adult six-a-side competition - plus non-stop music and a Caribbean-style atmosphere.

The event was sponsored by Waitrose and the company’s head of marketing, Rupert Ellwood, said: "We're really excited to be a part of the festival.  Since becoming England cricket team sponsor we have focused our support on helping to develop cricket in communities."

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