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Riverside Gets Nod of Approval

Durham's Riverside pitch has been described as "perfect for one day internationals" by one of England's fastest bowlers.

Craig White of Yorkshire and England was at Chester-le-Street to help promote this summer's one day NatWest Series which sees England take on the might of Australia and Pakistan.

The Riverside will host the Australia v Pakistan match on June 16th and White says: "This will be a good game and for it be staged at The Riverside is excellent.

"Australia and Pakistan have some excellent players, but the past winter has been one of the most successful that England has ever had and we can prove to the Aussies in particular that we are going in the right direction.

"The whole set up her at Durham is tremendous. The pitch is perfect for one day matches and the fans are excellent. It would be a real shame if international cricket was not played here."

Durham Chairman Bill Midgley says: "We are really looking forward to hosting this game between two very exciting sides.

"We are taking the opportunity to charge youngsters just £5 each to watch the match. There are a growing number of them playing cricket and we want as many of them as possible to have the chance to see these stars in action."

Tickets for the game are priced at £25 for adults and just £5 for the Under 16's. They are available from Ticketmaster on 0191 401 8888 the Club on 0191 387 1717 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday)

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