Cricket in the park 2006?

Barbara emailed to ask:

Does any one know if they are going to lay on cricket in the park events like
they did last year for people who can’t get tickets for the Pakistan test for
example ? We had a brilliant time dashing round the country to watch the big
screens and it would be great if this could be instigated again this year.

I didn’t manage to get down to any of last year’s. Leave a comment if you can answer Barbara’s query.

Cricket in the Park – The Oval at Regent’s Park

The Oval is coming to Regent’s Park. It had been confirmed that clapham common would host the ECB’s Cricket in the Park event for The Oval Test, but according to the ECB this has now changed. Instead, Regent’s Park will be the venue, for the Saturday and Sunday of the fifth Ashes Test. No idea why they’ve changed it…

Cricket in the Park – Trent Bridge and The Oval

UPDATE: 31 August 2005, the clapham common venue has been changed to Regent’s Park. More info here.

The ECB have extended their Cricket in the Park events, which is brilliant news. As written about on Cricinfo:

Cricket in the Park extended

Due to overwhelming demand, the ECB’s Cricket in the Park events have been extended for the fourth and fifth Tests between England and Australia.

Such has been the demand for tickets for this summer’s Ashes that the ECB introduced these events to cater for those unlucky enough to miss out on attending the Tests, providing a big screen and a taste of Ashes atmosphere. For the first Test at Lord’s, a giant screen was erected in Regent’s Park, where 3,500 people turned up on the Friday, and 8,000 the following day.

The Saturday and Sunday’s play of the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge (August 27 and 28) will be shown on a giant screen in Wollaton Park, Nottingham. The Saturday and Sunday’s play of the fifth Ashes Test at The Brit Oval (September 10 and 11) will also be shown on a screen in Clapham Common, South London.

Tom Harrison, marketing manager for the ECB, said in a statement released this afternoon: “The big screens in Wollaton Park and Clapham Common will give those fans that can’t get tickets for the matches the chance to join in and experience the unprecedented excitement of this Ashes series with thousands of others – if they’re anything like the previous events, they’ll be fantastic!”

Cricket in the Park (no more)

UPDATE: 31 August 2005, the clapham common venue has been changed to Regent’s Park. More info here.

A brilliant idea, it’s disappointing that there will be no Cricket in the Park for the fourth and fifth Ashes Tests (Nottingham and London). Perhaps the ECB hadn’t forseen Ashes and Cricket fever sweeping Britain – might they change their minds? Email them and tell them you want more Cricket in the Park…it can’t hurt.

Cricket in the park for The Ashes

UPDATE: 31 August 2005, the clapham common venue has been changed to Regent’s Park. More info here.

UPDATE (August 18 2005): The ECB have extended Cricket in the Park to include the fourth and fifth Tests. See here for more.

UPDATE (August 16 2005): There are no Cricket in the Park events planned for Nottingham or London, for the fourth and fifth Tests against Australia. See this post for more details.

This is a great idea, although I wonder why it hasn’t been done before.

Entry to these events is completely free, and will offer you a Test match atmosphere without having to be at the ground, with big screens for fans to watch all the action on.

And with opportunities as well to take part in different cricket games and activities, the big screen events will offer the ideal setting to watch the contest unfold.

I might well go to Regent’s Park – sounds like a brilliant day out:

London – July
In Regents Park for the Lord’s npower Ashes Test Match – July 22/23

Birmingham – August
In Cannon Hill Park for Edgbaston’s npower Ashes Test Match – August 5/6

Bristol – September
In Queen’s Square for the Old Trafford npower Ashes Test Match – August 12/13