Lancashire Cricket announced today that Sedbergh School will play host to Durham in the Specsavers County Championship clash this summer.
The school, which has previously hosted MCCA Cumberland Red Rose Academy fixtures in first-class cricket will host the four-day match which begins on June 30.
The announcement comes as the club looks to broaden its profile in the North West through spectator support, participation and elite performance.
The club currently has links to the school through youth players Oliver Green, Evan Williams and Tom Aspinwall – who all currently attend the school.
Paul Allott, Lancashire’s Director of Cricket said: “We’re really looking forward to taking the Durham fixture to Sedbergh School, which is regarded as one of the most picturesque grounds in the UK.”
“The quality of their facilities and infrastructure is excellent and we’ve all been very impressed by the performance and record of their dedicated grounds team that Matt Merchant, the Club’s Head Groundsman, will work with throughout the summer.
“The relationship between Cumbria and Lancashire Cricket has really grown over the last 12 months and it is a link-up that we will continue to develop in the future. We believe that playing this fixture will help us to continue to grow the game in this particular region.” He added.
Emirates Old Trafford faces fixture congestion with the both the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup and an Ashes test taking place at the Manchester venue. The club had to find suitable outgrounds to facilitate the First XI.
Dan Harrison, Headmaster at Sedbergh School, commented: “We’re delighted to be hosting our first ever Lancashire fixture this summer.
“To be hosting Lancashire Cricket is a real privilege for the whole school and I know it’s an opportunity that all our young cricketers, and Head of Cricket Martin Speight who used to play for Durham and Sussex, will relish being involved in.”