Starting times for matches held at Lord's this week have been pushed back following the riots that have engulfed the capital and other major cities in England this week.
Following consultations with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has moved games which were due to start in the afternoon to either morning or midday starts.
"As a result of concerns over public safety - and following discussions with the E.C.B., Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Northamptonshire County Cricket Club - it has been agreed by MCC and Middlesex County Cricket Club that adjustments will be made to the scheduled starting times for match days at Lord’s on Wednesday and Thursday of this week," an MCC statement explained.
The Clydesdale Bank 40 match between Middlesex and Yorkshire on Wednesday 10th August will now begin at 12 noon instead of 3.40 pm while the LV= County Championship match between Middlesex and Northamptonshire, beginning on Thursday 11th August will now start one hour earlier - at 11am.
Lord's itself, unlike Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground, has not been directly hit by rioters, but the change in match times is a move enabling cricket fans to have left the ground before dark, when the violence has been at its worst.
Riots in Birmingham, where the third Test between England and India begins on 10th August saw the England team locked in their hotel in the city centre overnight following the Edgbaston festival, at which they were present.
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