THE CRICKET WRITERS' CLUB
Whereas Headingley is aesthetically unappealing, the North Marine Road ground at Scarborough is one of the prettiest on the circuit. Situated on the edge of town and within easy walking distance of the seafront, the ground is used for two County Championship and two one-day league games each year.
DIRECTIONS: The ground itself is well signposted. From the south, you basically stay on the A64 into town, turn right on to the A170 (High Street), continue on the A170 along Stepney Road and on to Falsgrave Road, from where you bear left on to Victoria Road, which leads on to North Marine Road. It is advisable to leave plenty of time for your journey because the A64 can get particularly busy and Scarborough's one-way system is such that if you make a mistake, it can take ages to get back to where you need to be.
CAR PARKING: The biggest problem with covering cricket at Scarborough is parking. There is no parking available within the ground, so you have no choice but to try your luck in one of the neighbouring streets, or to use one of the town centre car parks. Most of the streets have parking restrictions, however, so you may have no alternative but to park a good 15-20 minutes walk away. Going to North Marine Road itself is well worth the effort, however.
FACILITIES: The press box is a cosy affair situated at the Pavilion End. There are a couple of telephone points (again, if there are any problems in terms of phone lines, speak to myself or David Warner). There is no free food or drink for the press, but there are one or two refreshment outlets on the ground, not to mention plenty of sandwich bars/fish and chip shops nearby and a number of pubs/restaurants in the vicinity.
ACCOMMODATION: Those staying in Scarborough for any length of time could do worse than pitch up at The Crown Hotel, which is situated on the Esplanade. There is ample parking outside the hotel and the ground is 15-20 minutes walk away. The number for the Crown is 01723-357426. For further information on where to stay, telephone Scarborough Tourist Information Centre on 01723-373333.