Tickets on Sale...
with only 2005 until the North East's First
for the North East's first ever Test Match go on general sale on
Monday, marking another historic day for Durham County Cricket Club.
Riverside, Chester-le-Street, became the first ground in over 100
years to be awarded Test Match status when the ECB made their decision
last November. As the newest first class County and now the newest
Test ground on the cricket circuit, the Club has come a long way
to putting itself and the region firmly on the world sports map.
North East's inaugural npower Test Match will be five days of real
cricketing class when the Club hosts England v Zimbabwe on Thursday
5th to Monday 9th June 2003.
County Cricket Club Chairman, Bill Midgley, said: "Test Match
cricket in the North East of England is good for sport and for the
prestige of the region. 2003 is only a start and we hope to see
cricket played at the highest levels at the Riverside in succeeding
years. This depends upon the support of the North East who have
turned out in large numbers in the past and I trust will show up
again with similar levels of support and encouragement of English
Waterson, Chief Executive of Chester-le-Street District Council,
said: "Playing host to an international test match is a feather
in the cap of, not only Chester-le-Street, but the entire region.
Apart from the entertainment, this event will stimulate the local
economy to benefit the local community. It does bode well for the
future of cricket in the region, especially if viewed alongside
plans to develop indoor cricket facilities at the Riverside."
are on general sale now priced at £25 for adults for the first
four days. Under 16's can purchase tickets for the first three days
for £10 and £5 for the Sunday. Tickets can be purchased
by calling the Club on 0191 387 5151 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
1. The last ground to be awarded a Test Match was Bramall Lane,
Sheffield in 1902.
2. Internationals played at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street:
20 May 1999, Pakistan v Scotland (World Cup Group Match)
27 May 1999, Australia v Bangladesh (World Cup Group Match)
15 July 2000, England v West Indies (NatWest Series One-Day International)
15,000 Sell Out
16 July 2000, West Indies v Zimbabwe (NatWest Series One-Day International)
16 June 2001, Australia v Pakistan (NatWest Series One-Day International)
12,000 Sell Out
4 July 2002, England v India (NatWest Series One-Day International)