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Cricket has long been an integral part of the British summer season; evoking images of freshly mowed lawns, cream teas and sparkling wine. Whether it is Champagne or English Sparkling wine, a glass of fizz is the ultimate accompaniment to a day at the cricket.

In celebration of this fine marriage, Pol Roger have organised the inaugural Champagne XI vs English Sparkling Wine XI Cricket match on 18th August at Brown Candover Cricket Club in Hampshire.

It will be an enjoyable and informal setting in which the Champenois and English Sparkling wine communities can pit their ‘méthode Champenois’ against the ‘méthode anglaise’ on the cricket pitch.

The Champagne trade will be represented by each of the below houses:

  1. Pol Roger
  2. Taittinger
  3. Charles Heidsieck
  4. Bollinger
  5. Henriot
  6. Mumm
  7. Perrier Jouët
  8. Lanson
  9. Pommery
  10. Moët et Chandon
  11. Joseph Perrier
  12. Louis Roederer

And the English Sparkling wine trade will field a team from each of the following producers:

  1. Hush Heath
  2. Ridgeview
  3. Chapel Down
  4. Nyetimber
  5. Hattingley Valley
  6. a’Beckett’s
  7. Plumpton College
  8. Three Choirs
  9. Rathfinny
  10. Biddenden
  11. Brightwell
  12. Hundred Hills

Players and spectators will be treated to afternoon tea by Hattingley Valley English Sparkling Wines and any sporting rivalries will be left firmly on the cricket pitch at a post-match celebratory dinner for the players at the nearby Purefoy Arms.