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Lancashire v Durham preview

Excitement has been building all week in anticipation of the historic fixture taking place here between Lancashire and Durham.

Fresh off the back of their win away at Sussex this week, Durham go up against England’s all-time leading wicket taker, James Anderson and his Lancashire teammates in what is believed to be the first ever first-class cricket match hosted in Cumbria.

Our Headmaster, Mr Dan Harrison, has said everything is going smoothly and looking forward to hosting the County Championship Division Two fixture.
“Preparations have gone really well, and we are all very excited about the game” Mr Harrison said.

We have been lucky to see some warm, dry weather in the lead up to the game, which starts Sunday 30th June, and that has helped out our experienced groundsman, Martin South. Mr Harrison said “Martin has looked after our ground for nearly two decades, and I’m very confident he has produced an excellent wicket which should make for a great game”

Martin Speight, former Durham and Sussex player and Director of Cricket at Sedbergh, explained the quality of cricket we see here at Sedbergh; “Sedbergh School has developed a very intensive all year round cricket programme giving its pupils the opportunity to play cricket at all levels from beginner to challenging nationally.” Visit our Cricket page to discover more about Cricket at Sedbergh.

In addition to the school programme, the Summer residential courses run by Martin Speight give boys and girls, aged between 10-15, in-depth coaching in a challenging but fun environment. In recent years the courses have helped develop players who have gone on to play club, county, regional and national age group cricket. For more information and to book a place for this summer’s course, click HERE.

There will be a shuttle bus service for ticket holders that will run from Oxenholme train station for the duration of the match. Car parking facilities are available on Busk Lane and Back Lane, both of which are close to the ground and will be £5 per day. Gates open at 10am on each of the four days of play with the start of play at 11am. Entry point to the ground is on Loftus Hill.

We are working hard to minimise disruption to the roads and local community throughout the four days. We expect traffic will arrive in Sedbergh between 9am – 11am each day and that the busiest days will be Sunday 30 June and Monday 1 July. The majority of traffic will leave Sedbergh after 6pm each day. We appreciate this may cause inconvenience and we thank you in advance for your patience.

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