Matthew Burns

Lancashire v Durham Review

We look back on the historic four-day County Championship encounter between Lancashire and Durham with enormous pride.

The overcast conditions on day one did not deter spectators, nor did it dampen their spirits. Both sets of travelling fans began to fill up the seats in the temporary stands, while others opted for their own personal spot around the boundary at a ground Durham’s Cameron Bancroft described as being “like a postcard wherever you look”.

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Credit Lancashire County Cricket Club

The match made for captivating viewing, with both teams enjoying periods of success throughout the course of the first three days. Then, in the glorious sunshine, we were fortunate enough to get a full final day’s play as Durham batted the day out to see the match out as a draw.

Across the four days of play, we have received some wonderful comments and feedback from spectators, staff, players and some famous faces.

Dane Vilas, Lancashire County Cricket Captain – “Sedbergh has been absolutely fantastic – we’ve had six days here with two practice days and we took a walk up the hill to see the whole town and we’ve had a really good time. They have put on a great show here and I’m looking forward to coming back”.

James Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket taker and Lancashire player – “It’s a beautiful setting and a really nice ground and the wicket has held up really well so that’s justified us coming here to be honest”.

David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd – England and Lancashire cricket legend – “It’s a spectacular venue. I think the pitch is key and you can’t praise this pitch enough”.

Paul Edwards, freelance writer for The Times – “It’s an absolute delight to visit such a wonderful venue. It is one of the most spectacular grounds I’ve been to”.

Scott Read, Sports broadcaster and commentator – “I’ve been really impressed with the staff, the school and the facilities that are here”.

In the aftermath of the four days, which saw Sedbergh become the newest first-class cricket venue, Our Headmaster shared his thanks to the local community;

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for your support and warm welcome of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Durham County Cricket Club and all supporters.

We hope that the past four days has not been a disruptive experience and that the measures that were put in place, to manage the high volume of traffic, have been effective.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation with the School“.

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