set to light up the North East on 4th July
July 4th is a date that always brings excitement in Washington and
all around. Only this year, it is not Washington DC that will have
a monopoly on celebrations. Washington CD - or County Durham - will
be THE place for celebrations. In fact, you will have to travel
down the A1(M) from Washington to Chester-le-Street to be precise,
for it is there that the Riverside ground stages its first one-day
international under floodlights when England meet India.
marks another step in the amazing advance of the ground, and of
cricket in the north-east. In the decade - and that is all it is
- since Durham became the 18th first-class county, there has been
a transformation of the cricketing landscape in that part of the
country. Interest in the game has grown out of all proportion, hundreds
more schools are playing cricket now than was the case pre-1992,
while the development of the ground itself has come on in leaps
and bounds until it is the fully-fledged international cricket stadium
that we now see and which has been accredited with Test status.
here to buy tickets
ground staged World Cup cricket in 1999 and in 2000 and 2001 it
staged matches in the NatWest Series of one-day internationals.
These matches have become part of the sporting heritage of the North
Eeast. Temporary grandstands are erected and, when England are playing,
they are full of people who know how to enjoy their sporting spectacles.
And a one-day international under lights will be a fantastic spectacle.
about seeing stars! You will not have to look up but simply out
into the middle to see some of the biggest names in cricket. There
is none bigger than Sachin Tendulkar. It is not an overstatement
to say that the very ground he walks on is worshipped by his legion
of fans. Then add the likes of VVX Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Sourav
Ganguly, Anil Kumble. The list on the Indian side goes on and one.
let's not forget those in the England line-up. Nasser Hussain is
now recognised as one of the shrewdest - if not the shrewdest skippers
in world cricket. Darren Gough is coming back to fitness after a
knee operation but never gives less than one hundred per cent. Marcus
Trescothick and Nick Knight are capable of destroying any attack
in the world as opening batsmen. You cannot leave Alec Stewart out
of any list of stars, and don't forget Durham's very own Paul Collingwood.
names are box office anywhere in the world, and you will have to
be quick to get tickets to be there as part of a great north-eastern
the stars and the fireworks at the greatest July 4th celebrations
this side of the Atlantic.