County news January 18, 2012

The great seat giveaway

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lancashire are donating old seats from Old Trafford to local clubs. Around 30 clubs in the county have taken advantage of the offer to benefit their grounds.

Thousands of seats are being replaced in the development of Old Trafford in time for the coming season and Lancashire decided to recycle their old seats as part of their green agenda.

Burscough CC have taken away 170. "We will be spacing the seats around the boundary of our picturesque School Lane ground to further enhance the facilities on offer for spectators," said Burscough's ground development officer, Gordon Anderson.

Geoff Durbin, Lancashire's commercial director, was pleased to be able to find an innovative way of recycling their old seats. "This not only saves money for the local clubs but is also a more cost-effective way of removing the seats for Lancashire," he said. "We are hugely focused on our green agenda and this is a great example of how recycling can have significant benefits for everyone involved."

The scheme follows the ECB's commitment to making cricket ground "greener". In 2007 they began a co-ordinated effort to reduce carbon emissions at Test match grounds by 800 tonnes.

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  • hayden on January 19, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    old trafford gets screwed by the ecb, how can this historic venue not have a test every year??? why does london always get 3-4 every year but old trafford gets one every 2-3 years?? i read the next ashes will have both chester le street and cardiff hosting tests, thats pathetic that trent bridge, headingly, birmingham and manchester have to fight for the one remaining test. these are the main grounds in england and are full of history, and population centres! doesnt seem right!

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    I'll have a season ticket for Chelmsford, thank you.

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