SHROPSHIRE County Cricket Club (CCC) will play friendly fixtures in Oswestry over the next two weekends.

With no competitive cricket permitted for minor county cricket clubs this season, as instructed by the National Counties Cricket Association (NCCA), friendlies have been arranged for the coming weeks.

Shropshire's first XI will begin a trio of friendly fixtures on Sunday, August 2, with an internal 50-over match, starting at midday.

Shropshire will return to Oswestry the following Sunday, August 9, to face Herefordshire in a 50-over friendly, starting at 11am.

The county has also arranged another 50-over fixture on Sunday, August 16, against a Worcestershire XI, a match which will be played at Bridgnorth from 11am.

Shropshire secretary Richard Lees hopes there will be more fixtures to follow.

He said: “We are very pleased to have arranged matches on the next three Sundays and it will be nice to get some cricket in.

“It will be great for the squad to get together this weekend for an inter-squad fixture and we are delighted that both Herefordshire and a Worcestershire XI will be heading to Shropshire.

"They are attractive fixtures and we thank Oswestry and Bridgnorth for their assistance and support in hosting us.

“We are working on other fixtures to be played later in August and also September, so hope to be able to announce them soon.”