DURHAM

By TIM WELLOCK


Email Tim at: timwellock@aol.com

CHESTER-LE-STREET


DIRECTIONS: (Satnav - DH3 3QR) The cricket ground is only a mile from the A1(M), so access is very easy. Those travelling by train probably need to alight at Durham City (six miles away) or Newcastle (12 miles) then take a taxi.


CAR PARKING: To date, car parking has always been allowed adjacent to the box, without prior permission.


FACILITIES: After seven years of sharing a leaky little cabin with rolled-up matting, followed by a further seven years in a superior version, the Press were finally granted a palatial permanent home for the Bangladesh Test in 2005. There are two radio rooms on the first floor and seating for arounb 100 on the second. PA contact: Tim Wellock (landline 01325 718212, mobile 07983 976252, email: timwellock@aol.com). The scorer is Brian Hunt, as it has been throughout Durham's first-class history. We usually direct queries through Rob Scanlon, who can be contacted on 07896 961428. Tea and coffee are provided, with a cold buffet lunch. The only place within walking distance for a lunchtime drink is Austin’s Bar, part of the pavilion, which also serves hot food.


ACCOMMODATION:Lumley Castle is the nearest, half a mile away, but is expensive. There is a Marriott (the Royal County) in the centre of Durham City, while most teams use Ramside Hall, about six miles down the A1 and off to the east towards Sunderland. It has a good golf course. For those preferring a pub, easily the best for character, value and good beer is the Beamish Mary in a village called No Place, about six miles from the ground near Beamish Museum. Rather more upmarket, and in a very pleasant village a mile from Durham City is the Seven Stars at Shincliffe and the Victoria Inn in the city centre. There's a highly-rated bed and breakfast at Low Urpeth Farm at Ouston, near Chester-le-Street (landline 01914 102901). Of the pubs in the area, the Beamish Mary is the one not to be missed. Anyone interested in a pub crawl round Durham City should try the Victoria, the Dun Cow and the Half Moon, all very handy for the Royal County Hotel. Durham City also has a new theatre, The Gala, among its many attractions, but the best restaurants and nightlife in the area are to be found in Newcastle.


LEISURE: The best golf course is at Slaley Hall, which also has a five-star hotel, but it’s about 25 miles away. The next best is probably Brancepeth, a few miles west of Durham City, while the Chester-le-Street course is adjacent to Lumley Castle. There is a leisure centre with a pool at the cricket ground.


GOSFORTH

The South Northumberland Cricket Club is based in Roseworth Terrace, Gosforth to the north of central Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 1LN. Founded in 1864 in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, as Bulman Village CC, the club moved less than a mile to its present Roseworth Terrace ground for the 1865 season. South Northumberland became the Club's name in 1882. The ground has seen many changes during its 154 years, most notably in 2003 with the development of the Newcastle Cricket Centre. A 5-lane indoor facility almost unique among recreational clubs in the country. The ground has attracted high profile matches including the 1st X1 v an International Lashings X1 twice (one famous victory in 2007!), benefit matches for Stephen Harmison and Phil Mustard, the Unicorns v Sri Lanka A, Durham v Warwickshire twice & Leicestershire once in the Royal London One Day Cup & the first U19 Ashes ODI between England & Australia in 2015. Durham have yet to be beaten at Roseworth Terrace.


FACILITIES: The ground has temporary media facilities and a wifi-code can be gained from South Northumberland CC or Durham CCC Media staff. Car parking is available adjacent to the ground for press and media.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation locally includes
Travelodge Newcastle Seaton Burn, Travelodge Newcastle Gosforth, Grand Hotel Gosforth Park, Novotel Newcastle Airport or others in Newcastle city centre, including The Maldron.
 
DARLINGTON

Darlington Cricket Club is located at Feethams off South Terrace in central Darlington DL1 5JD approximately 7 minutes from main railway station down the hill. Tel 01325 250044.

FACILITIES: The ground has temporary media facilities and a wifi-code can be gained from Darlington CC or Durham CCC Media staff. Car parking is available adjacent to the ground for press and media.

ACCOMMODATION: Local nearby accommodation includes
Blackwell Grange Moat House, Aberlady Guest House, The Greenbank Hotel, Kings Head, Headlam Hall and Bannatyne’s.

DURHAM UNIVERSITY GROUND

Durham University Cricket Ground is located at The Racecourse Ground, Green Lane, Durham Tel 0191 374 3404. The venue was where Sir Ian Botham played his last first-class match for Durham v Australians in 1993.

FACILITIES: The ground has temporary media facilities and a wifi-code can be gained from Darlington CC or Durham CCC Media staff. Car parking is available adjacent to the ground for press and media.

ACCOMMODATION: Local nearby accommodation includes
Premier Inn and Holiday Inn Express.