Scunthorpe's Heslam Park to host first county cricket match

Heslam Park is ready to host Lincolnshire versus Cumberland this Sunday, May 27, between 11am and around 6pm.
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The T20 cricket match will be the first county game for the Ashby Road club, bringing top quality cricket to Scunthorpe for first time in 30 years.

Richard Barwell, chairman of Scunthorpe Cricket Club, welcomed the county match to the town.

He said: “This is a brilliant opportunity, not only for the club, but a chance for everyone in the town to see top quality cricket at home.”

T20, or Twenty20, is a much shorter version of cricket than other forms of the game.

With matches closer to the length of other popular team sports such as rugby or football, T20 cricket has helped spread the game to a new audience.

The Lincolnshire and Cumberland teams will play two matches of around one hour and 40 minutes each, one in the morning from 11am and one in the afternoon.

During the day, there will also be opportunities for families to try the game out for themselves, with demos, mini-games and soft ball cricket.

Improvements have been made to the facilities at Heslam Park over a number years and they are now among some of the best in Lincolnshire.

The Scunthorpe ground has beaten off competition from the likes of Grantham, Cleethorpes and Lincoln to host the Lincolnshire Cumberland game this May.

Richard continued: “It has been our goal to bring county class cricket to the ground for many years, and we’re proud to be finally hosting it here at Heslam Park.

“We have lots of enthusiastic younger players at Heslam Park and we hope by hosting more high profile matches like this we can build on that success, engage more people with the game and continue to build our good, strong, cricket club.

“Hosting the match will also get our local players on the radar of the county clubs and we know some of our guys can play at that level.”

Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Coun Rob Waltham, said: “We’re expecting to see fans from right across Lincolnshire and from Cumbria coming down to North Lincolnshire for this county game and so this is another opportunity to showcase our area on a national sporting stage.

“Cricket is such a quintessentially British sport and bringing high class cricket to our area will help local people rediscover the game.”

Tickets for the day are available on the door and cost £3 per adult.

Lunch, drinks and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.

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