Saturday 28 June 2008 

Middlesex Look Forward To Home Match...At The Oval

As this year’s Twenty20 group stages drew to a nail biting close on Friday evening, the quarter final draw saw Southern division winners, the Middlesex Crusaders drawn at home against Lancashire Lightning, who finished their campaign as runners up in the Northern division. The tie promises to be a fantastic, action packed clash, given Freddie Flintoff’s timely return to the Lancashire side, which has been instrumental in ensuring Lancashire’s progress through to the last eight. This promises to be the tie of the round!

Whilst Middlesex can now look forward to extending their run in the cup, which has seen the Crusaders in blistering form of late, it has posed an unusual problem for the club’s administration!

Prior to Friday night’s quarter final draw, Middlesex’s qualification as group winners was thankfully already secured last Wednesday night, when the Crusaders overcame the Sussex Sharks at Hove’s County Ground by six wickets. This was a blessing in disguise for Middlesex Chief Executive, Vinny Codrington, who for the two days leading up to Friday’s draw spent more time down the road at neighbours Surrey’s Brit Oval ground than he has at Middlesex’s home ground of Lord’s.

Why? Because Lord’s is unavailable for Middlesex’s home Twenty20 quarter final, as a result of international fixture commitments at the Home of Cricket with the South African test side arriving next week. The solution – Middlesex’s pink bandwagon will roll into the Brit Oval, as they look to secure their place at the Twenty20 finals day at the Rose Bowl in late July!

Vinny Codrington explains:

"Faced with a home quarter final tie, the club had no option but to investigate an alternative venue for the game. Whilst we looked at playing the fixture at this year’s principal outground, Uxbridge, we felt that the ground capacity of just 4,000 would restrict the opportunity for Middlesex members to see the game – something we couldn’t entertain!

"The Brit Oval however offers the perfect solution in that it is the next largest cricket venue available in London, second only to Lord’s itself. Middlesex members and the paying public alike now have the chance to come along to support the side en mass and hopefully cheer us into finals day. Having secured the Brit Oval as the venue for our quarter final match, we would like to pass on our thanks to all at Surrey County Cricket Club, who have made this possible.

"Despite tickets to the knock out stages of the Twenty20 cup not falling within the many benefits that Middlesex members enjoy, we felt it was important to reward their continued loyalty and support, by allowing them unrestricted FREE entry into the Brit Oval for the match, which we hope will be widely acknowledged and guarantee us a healthy turnout of Middlesex fans on the night. Again, we’re urging all Middlesex followers to come dressed in something pink, as we look to maintain the momentum that this year’s ‘Turn Lord’s Pink’ campaign has generated."

The match promises to be a real visual spectacle, with the continuation of Middlesex’s 2008 Twenty20 ‘Turn Lord’s Pink’ campaign, showing support for the club’s ongoing charity partnership with Breakthrough Breast Cancer, as Middlesex look to ‘Turn the Brit Oval Pink’! The pink initiative once again sees NPower’s promotional team clad in pink and handing out specially created pink 4 & 6 cards to spectators on the night.

Anyone wishing to purchase tickets for the forthcoming quarter final fixture at the Brit Oval needs to call 08712 461100 or visit www.surreycricket.com. Tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for U16’s.

© Middlesex CCC