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North East set to shine as record attendance expected for Durham’s T20 Blast campaign

Riverside, Durham general view of the stadium
Riverside, Durham general view of the stadium
©Action Images via Reuters/Craig Brough

After England’s World Cup success last Sunday (July 14) and cricket fever sweeping across the North East, Durham Cricket fans are set to flock to the Emirates Riverside in July and August – with record numbers expected through the gates during the 2019 campaign.

Tickets went on general sale on 1 March, and months on the club is delighted to announce that sales are trending toward record numbers – in part due to the fantastic early season ticket sales.

The Club are on course to exceed previous year’s overall ticket sales and 23 August Derby Day fixture against the Yorkshire Vikings looks set to achieve a record crowd.

The competition will also see the Durham debut of one of the best T20 batsman in the world - Australian D’Arcy Short - who has signed for the entirety of the 2019 campaign.

A renowned white ball cricketer, the left-handed batsman – and occasional left arm leg-spinner – averages 37.75 in the format, notching 16 half centuries and boasts a high score of 122* - his lone T20 century.

The 28-year-old has represented Australia on 24 occasions, 20 of those in the T20 format where Short averages 32.88 and has four half centuries.

The Club has looked to emphasise the enjoyment for families during the 2019 campaign with an improved Liontrust Family Zone – which will be available around the ground at every Blast match.

The Zone includes a batting simulator, fielding inflatables, the Durham Cricket speed cage, All Stars zone, sweets, face painters and many more activities.

 ***U19’s go free for Durham’s fixture on Friday but parents are also entitled to discounted tickets when coming along to the game. For parents wanting to visit and enjoy your night in the sun, you can purchase a ticket for just £10***