DIRECTOR of cricket Martyn Moxon says Yorkshire will make the most of Friends Life t20 finals day – even if the club have been handed just 1,100 tickets.
The Tykes booked their first ever date at finals day with Wednesday night’s win against Worcestershire with Sussex now awaiting in the semi-finals at SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, August 25.
However, the Welsh venue has a capacity of just 15,000 and each of the four finalists have been handed just 1,100 tickets each with the rest having sold out on general sale.
Moxon admits he is disappointed at the number of tickets available for Tykes fans who will be able to purchase what tickets are left from August 12 – once the club’s members have had first choice.
Yorkshire will also have to compete with the lure of the rugby league Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves which is on the same day at Wembley, but defiant Moxon is aiming to make finals day completely worthwhile.
“We’ve had a couple of near misses in the last five years or so but now we’ve put that right,” he said.
“It was long overdue so let’s make the most of it now. We’re chuffed to bits that we’ve qualified. We have played some fantastic cricket in that form of the game and we fully deserve it.
“We are delighted to get through to finals day and we are really looking forward to it.”
Admitting the ticket restrictions were the week’s only sour point, Moxon added: “I’m sure there will be a lot of people wanting to go to Wales so there will be lots of people disappointed, I’m afraid.
“We only get a limited number of tickets and hopefully they will sell out. Hopefully we will be well supported and I’m sure we will be.”
Explaining the reason why each club is only allotted 1,100 tickets, the ECB’s director of marketing and communications Steve Elworthy said that in previous years many clubs have had hundreds of tickets left over.
Elworthy also added that the ECB were committed to spreading cricket around England and Wales which was the primary reason for this year’s finals day being staged in Cardiff.
They were awarded the match by the independent Major Match Group.
Disappointed by the choice venue is Yorkshire CC lifetime member Richard Levin who feels Edgbaston would have been a more suitable ground given its location and 25,000 capacity.
Ironically Edgbaston has been staged to host t20 finals day from 2013 until 2016.
But while unhappy with the arrangement over tickets and venue, Levin is sure plenty of Tykes fans will still descend on Wales.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that it’s being played in Wales on a very small ground but we’ll have to overcome whatever restrictions are placed on us,” said Levin.
“I’m sure there’ll still be plenty of Yorkshire support there.”