SCARBOROUGH Cricket Club chairman Bill Mustoe is hoping that a bumper crowd will cram into a revamped North Marine Road this week for the 125th annual Scarborough Cricket Festival.
Yorkshire have already contested important Friends Life t20 and LV County Championship games at their only remaining outground this season, and are set for another important week on the coast.
Sussex are the visitors for the landmark festival, kicking off with the four-day encounter tomorrow, followed by the CB40 clash on Sunday. Mustoe is hoping that the club will be able to show off their impressive new facilities to a packed house.
He said: “It has been a great year for us so far.
“We had the superb t20 match against Durham that Yorkshire won in the last over, and followed that up by successfully hosting the England Lions here too,.
“We’ve had a fabulous response from everyone who has been to the ground this year and seen what we’ve done. We tend to get at least twice as many here for first class games as they would do at Headingley, and that has been the case for around 40-50 years now so we must be doing something right.
“They’re both important games this week for Yorkshire as well.
“They tend to play well here at Scarborough and I hope that trend continues.”
Play gets under way at 11am tomorrow for the County Championship clash that Yorkshire will want to win to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.
The Tykes have suffered a huge blow ahead of the festival though, with skipper Andrew Gale ruled out for the rest of the season after breaking his arm.
The batsman, who has an average of 40.47 in 12 matches this season, suffered the injury when he was hit during a practice session.