Saturday, 29 January 2022

Let the bells ring out, spectators return to English Test cricket

 Picture: Getty/ECB

LONDON – The family of the late Captain Tom Moore who became a global hero for his fundraising efforts during the coronavirus pandemic rang the five minute bell at Lord s prior to the first Test between England and New Zealand on Wednesday.

The World War II veteran died aged 100 on February 2 after raising nearly 33 million pound ($45 million, 37.4 million euros) for healthcare charities by completing 100 lengths of his garden before his century birthday in April last year.

In a sign of how far England has recovered during a year that has cost over 127,000 lives in the United Kingdom, 6,500 spectators were on hand to see the family ring the historic bell.

It is the first time since September 2019 that England have played in front of spectators at home.

The crowd are made up largely of Marylebone Cricket Club members, who were given priority for tickets.

Priority for any tickets left after MCC members – in their famous bacon and egg coloured ties – were given their allocation was given to spectators attending with under 16-year-olds.

In a further sign of some sense of normality returning to sporting events there were even ticket touts outside the ground.

Those queuing in orderly fashion under beaming blue skies were cock a hoop to be returning to watch live cricket.

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