SO Festival bowled over by international cricket

For the first time ever, cricket fans in Lincolnshire can experience the atmosphere of watching an international match.

The English Women’s Cricket Team will face Pakistan Women’s Cricket Team in a one-day international at Louth Cricket Club, as part of this year’s SO Festival on Monday, July 1.

Councillor Adam Grist, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism in East Lindsey, said: “The District Council has worked closely with the ECB and England Women’s Cricket Team for a number of years, and we’re delighted to secure Lincolnshire’s first ever senior international cricket fixture.

“This is fantastic news for East Lindsey and puts this area firmly on the sporting map.

“The council has worked tirelessly to bring this experience to the area, and this match, part of our District-wide SO Festival, provides an opportunity for local people and visitors to experience great cricket played by the very best in the women’s game.”

Head of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, added: “I’m pleased to announce the additional fixtures for England Women against Pakistan.

“The limited over games are a welcome addition to the summer schedule providing an opportunity for the England team to hone their skills against lesser-known opposition and provide valuable international fixtures for Pakistan.

“The NatWest Women’s one-day International at Louth Cricket Club will be the first the club has hosted since major investment was made by ECB, East Lindsey District Council and the Football Foundation in the development of the ground and shared sports pavilion.”

The England-Pakistan match is part of East Lindsey Live, a calendar of sporting, heritage and cultural events to showcase the district and attract visitors, and also coincides with SO Festival 2013, which will transform Lincolnshire’s coastal district of East Lindsey into an international arts venue with visual art, street theatre, world-class performers and dance acts.

Ticketing information will be released soon.