Venue Updates: Lancashire 50 over fixtures this summer
Lancashire Cricket can confirm venues for three of the Club’s 50-over fixtures this summer.
Sedbergh School will host a friendly fixture against Cumbria CCC on Tuesday 20 July, as well as the opening Royal London Cup game against Sussex on Friday 23 July. These fixtures will be the first opportunity for Lancashire supporters to watch Indian international batsman Shreyas Iyer in action and with restrictions lifted, subject to change from the UK Government, a bumper crowd is expected. Once the capacity has been confirmed following Government guidelines, information on how Members can reserve their tickets will be announced. This is not expected to be until late June.
In addition to this, Lancashire’s penultimate Royal London Cup group fixture at home to Worcestershire on Sunday 8 August, will now take place at Emirates Old Trafford. Initially the fixture was scheduled to be played at Blackpool Cricket Club, but following conversations between Lancashire Cricket and Blackpool, the decision has been made to postpone the return to Stanley Park by 12 months.
As previously confirmed, the Club’s other home group stage matches – against Middlesex and Essex – will both be held at Emirates Old Trafford.
Director of Cricket, Paul Allott said: “Over the last week, myself and Head Groundsman Matt Merchant have had a number of conversations with David Creswell, Chairman at Blackpool Cricket Club, and reached a mutual agreement to postpone the hosting of a Royal London Cup fixture until 2022, in order to allow Blackpool to undertake necessary outfield renovations.
“We look forward to our positive relationship and discussions continuing with Blackpool over the next 12 months, with a view to Lancashire Cricket playing at Stanley Park in the near future.
“Following the success and positive feedback received from many Members and supporters after Sedbergh School hosted its first Lancashire fixture in 2019 against Durham, the Club is keen to continue to build on its strengthening relationship within Cumbria and we believe that playing two games there in July will allow us to further grow the game in this region. As part of this, we will be looking to engage and grow the All Stars and Dynamo Cricket programmes across North Lancashire and Cumbria and hopefully tie these into the two fixtures at Sedbergh School.
“As we experienced in 2019, the quality of their infrastructure and facilities is excellent and we were hugely impressed by the performance and efforts of their dedicated grounds team, who worked closely with Matt Merchant, to produce an excellent pitch and playing surface for the Durham County Championship fixture."
Lancashire Cricket is currently assessing transport arrangements for its Members and supporters to the fixtures at Sedbergh School, whilst the Club will also consult with the Members’ Representative Group on further details for the games and the communication of such information to the Membership.