Scarborough set to host England Lions contest

Inside the newly refurbished Scarborough Cricket club Pavilion at North Marine Road, due to open on Friday.  111519a   picture by Andrew Higgins  13/04/11  'in Sport  and for Ad feature
Inside the newly refurbished Scarborough Cricket club Pavilion at North Marine Road, due to open on Friday. 111519a picture by Andrew Higgins 13/04/11 'in Sport and for Ad feature

SCARBOROUGH’S North Marine Road ground will host a four-day England Lions contest, following on from the successful staging of their maiden t20 match last weekend.

England’s second string XI, which could feature Yorkshire quintet Adam Lyth, Andrew Gale, Jonathan Bairstow, Adil Rashid and Ajmal Shahzad, will tackle Sri Lanka A in the first of a four-match series from Tuesday August 2, followed by two matches at New Road, Worcestershire and the series finale at Northampton.

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire County Cricket Headingley fri 22nd april 2011'Adam Lyth

Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire County Cricket Headingley fri 22nd april 2011'Adam Lyth

The match was awarded to Yorkshire and the club decided to stage it at North Marine Road, their only remaining outground.

And after Scarborough saw over 13,000 people walk through the gates to watch Yorkshire’s Friends Life t20 clash with Durham and the four-day LV County Championship tie against Worcestershire, it looks likely to be a good decision, with fans likely to turn out in their droves to watch the players pushing for the full England side, who are currently aiming to be the world’s best Test playing side.

Scarborough chairman Bill Mustoe is delighted that Yorkshire have given the club the opportunity to host such a fixture.

He said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Yorkshire have given us this game.

“We held an England under-19s match last year and to follow that up with an England Lions match is great news.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from everyone who has seen the improvements we have made to the ground in the last week.

“We’ve been working very hard on improving the spectator experience at the ground and we’re delighted that we’re getting big fixtures like this one.”

Members and concessions can get into the ground for £5 per day, with full priced admission at £10.

The game will get under way at 11am each day.