Friday 22 June 2007 

Notts Get Community Support For Twenty20

Nottinghamshire have pulled out all the stops to ensure there’s a cracking atmosphere at Trent Bridge on Saturday when they launch their home programme in the Twenty20 Cup.

The local community project Wall of Sound will be performing ahead of the game between Notts Outlaws and Lancashire Lightning, which starts at 2.40pm.

And project director Michael Davis has promised his band of 40 drummers will get the crowd fired up for the eagerly-awaited match, which has seen more than 2,000 advance tickets sold.

He said: “When we perform we always try and involve the audience to create a bit of a party atmosphere. Twenty20 is all about engaging a younger crowd and getting more families to cricket and I think we can help to do that.

“We played at the reopening of Market Square and the atmosphere was fantastic, so it would be great to achieve something similar on Saturday.

“And we’ve written a new piece of music especially for the match, which should go down well with the crowd.”

The Wall of Sound project is an initiative supported by Gallery 37 Plus and Newark and Sherwood Arts, bringing together drumming groups and organisations from across the region. They will play from 1.30pm to 2pm.

The last time Notts played a Twenty20 match on a Saturday, a record crowd of 8,991 came to Trent Bridge to watch them take on Derbyshire in 2005.

That record was broken last year for the quarter-final with Northants but Notts are expecting a similar turn-out for Saturday’s match - and are determined to make it a family occasion.

Extra entertainment is being laid on with plenty of family-friendly facilities, including a crèche, face painter, bouncy castle, supervised free net sessions, a coconut shy, animals from the White Post Modern Farm Centre and a Pimms Tent.

There are plenty of great value ticket offers available, including the new Twenty20 Week Pass for the four group home matches. If fans buy the Week Pass in advance of the first match against Lancashire, they can attend all four games at a specially reduced rate.

An adult pass costs £35, concessions can watch the action for £20 and a family pass for two adults and two under-16s costs just £90.

Advance tickets for individual matches cost £11 for adults, £6 for concessions and £28 for a family, while there are also advance group discounts for eight under-16s and two adults (£59) and 10 adults for £88.

Notts’ other three home matches are against Leicestershire on Monday June 25, Derbyshire on Wednesday June 27 and Yorkshire on Friday June 29.

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