ROYAL Wootton Bassett Cricket Club will host a ‘The Hundred’ warm-up game between Welsh Fire and London Spirit on Sunday.

The women’s clash begins at 1pm on Bassett’s first-team pitch at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground, and entry is free for all spectators.

The men’s competition has already begun, but due to T20 cricket being included in the Commonwealth Games, the women’s version will get underway on Thursday, August 11.

A plethora of international stars feature in both Fire’s and Spirit’s respective squads, including England’s Tammy Beaumont, Australia’s Rachel Haynes, New Zealand’s Jess and Amelia Kerr, and Minety’s Fran Wilson.

The Hundred is the shortest form of elite-level cricket, with both teams having 100 balls to score as many runs as possible. The vast majority of the other rules remain the same, with the exception of five and 10-ball overs.

Last year saw the inaugural competition, with Southern Brave lifting the men’s trophy and Oval Invincibles claiming the women’s crown.

Looking ahead to Sunday’s warm-up match, Bassett Women’s coach John Davis explained how proud the club is at being selected to host such a high-profile fixture.

He said: “We’re all absolutely buzzing, to be honest! Last year, we had the game against the MCC and that was the highlight of our season in terms of being a massive fixture. So to get the opportunity to host a The Hundred warm up game is brilliant.

“We’re all seeing it the right way because, from our perspective, is a bit of an honour to be asked. “Everyone is excited, and Andy (Clinch – Bassett groundsman) has produced what looks like an absolute cracker of a deck.

“I can’t wait, I think it’s going to be brilliant. And it’s a great opportunity for some of our young female members to meet some of these world-class cricketers.”

As well as the cricket, the Royal Wootton Bassett Sports Association bar will be open, and there will also be Big Lucy's Pizza on sale.

Both sets of players will stick around after the game to sign autographs, take photos, and chat to any aspiring cricketers in attendance.