Media Centre at Emirates Durham
Lancashire County Cricket Club has confirmed that their home LV= County Championship fixture against Durham will now take place at Liverpool Cricket Club
The fixture, which will be played on Tuesday 28th to Friday 31st August, was originally due to take place at Old Trafford.
Mike Watkinson, Cricket Director at LCCC, said: “We have considered a combination of factors in making this decision. With regard to the construction activity at Old Trafford we are on schedule to complete our new Players and Media building in time for the NatWest International T20 between England and South Africa which will be played on Monday 10th September. However, this game falls during a busy period for our contractors, who are also redeveloping our Pavilion, and it will allow them to complete key activities without having to schedule around a four-day game. This also removes any potential inconvenience to players and spectators.
“In addition, we have recently endured a period of extremely wet weather which has resulted in the playing surface being under cover for extended periods. This has had an adverse effect on the grass cover to the new areas of the square. The established pitches on the square are high quality surfaces and will be used for the upcoming England Lions fixture and of course the Ashes Test in 2013.
“Given that we made a significant investment prior to 2011 on the pitches at Liverpool it makes sense to utilise this resource during this period of the above reasons.
“I would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”