LANCASHIRE COUNTY Cricket Club recently confirmed a reciprocal arrangement with several other county cricket clubs – Nottinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire and Warwickshire - which enables members of those respective clubs access to matches at Emirates Old Trafford occasionally when they are travelling away from their home county, and for Lancashire Members to attend those grounds for non-Lancashire matches when they are likewise away from home.
After a number of astute LCCC members very kindly brought to the club’s attention an unintended loophole whereby it was possible to purchase a membership at another county with the specific purpose of using that membership to solely attend LCCC matches at Emirates Old Trafford, the club has introduced an appropriate ‘loyalty zone’ to ensure that the value and prestige of a county cricket club membership is preserved and not exploited.
A club spokesperson said: “We are immensely grateful that this was brought to our attention and we have now taken steps to ensure that each Membership will be used in the manner it was originally intended.
“We believe that a cricket supporter who lives within a fifteen-mile radius of the county club he or she resides in and who intends to visit that Club regularly, if purchasing a Membership should support their local County Club. Therefore, the reciprocal agreement will now focus on Members of Nottinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire and Warwickshire who live closer to their home grounds than Emirates Old Trafford.
“We have highlighted this clarification to ensure that the prestige of being a County Cricket Club Member is not diluted in any way.”
Members will be asked to provide photographic identification which also shows their address at the Ticket and Membership Office.