Northants switch Bedfordshire warm-up clash to the County Ground

Northants have switched their 50-over clash against neighbours Bedfordshire in July to the County Ground.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:37 pm
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:38 pm
Northants will host neighbours Bedfordshire in a 50-over match at the County Ground on July 20

The match on Tuesday, July 20, has been arranged as a warm-up for the County ahead of their Royal London One Day Cup campaign, that begins the following Sunday when Glamorgan visit Wantage Road.

Northants were originally scheduled to take on their neighbours at Bedford School, but the cancellation of the India versus India A tour match that was due to be played at the County Ground from July 21-24 has freed things up and allowed the teams to switch venues.

Each first-class county is playing a National County side in a 50-over match ahead of the London One Day Cup starting.

Northants chief executive Ray Payne said: "Northamptonshire is delighted that there is opportunity within our summer cricket schedule to play our National County neighbour here at the County Ground.

“The relationship between the two counties is as strong as it has ever been, with some promising emerging players coming through from Bedfordshire as part of our Academy and within our first team squad.

“This fixture allows them to showcase their skills on the County Ground stage.”

Bedfordshire chairman Ian Smith said: "We are delighted to be invited to play at the County Ground”.

“We have a good relationship with Northamptonshire CCC and this game will strengthen our association.

"Our players and supporters are already looking forward to the game.”

The match is set to be played in front of crowds, and all Northants season ticket holders and life members will be able to attend the fixture as part of their season ticket.

General Admission tickets are also available to order online at nccc.co.uk

Adult tickets will be priced at £5, with admission for children free.