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Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour – Saturday 6th April

The Cricket World Cup Trophy is stopping at Raby on Saturday 6th April during its 100 day Tour of the UK ahead of the World Cup starting in the UK in June.

Thousands of fans have already had the chance to catch a glimpse of the ICC Cricket World Cup trophy during the international leg of the tour with the trophy making stops at each of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 participating nations and additional visits to countries in Europe and Africa, and as far as Nepal and the USA. By the time the Trophy Tour reached England and Wales in February, it had visited 18 countries worldwide.

 The trophy will visit the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Host Cities of London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Nottingham, Leeds, Southampton, Cardiff and Taunton and will be arriving in Durham at the beginning of April.

On Saturday 6th April the Trophy will be at Raby Castle where visitors can enjoy a cricket match on the picturesque Raby Cricket pitch.

The Castle’s association with cricket goes back a long way and it was the site of one of earliest recorded cricket games in the world, namely the first officially recorded game of cricket ever played in Durham in 1751.  This match was contested by The Duke of Northumberland XI and Lord Barnard XI and was recreated in 1992 featuring the full Durham XI, including Sir Ian Botham.  It is fitting therefore that the match on the 6th April will be between a Sir Ian Botham Raby XI and a Durham Cricket XI.

It will also be the first chance for many to see the new 100 ball format which is the newest form of the game, due to be introduced next year and Durham Cricket’s Chairman, Sir Ian Botham will be at the event.

The event is FREE and visitors will be able to watch the game and get a selfie with the Trophy.  There will also be cricket games from Durham Cricket’s match day family zone for people to take part in as well as food and drink available to purchase on the day.

The match is due to start 1.30pm and last throughout the afternoon, but why not make it a day out for all of the family and visit the Castle, Park, Walled Gardens and Woodland Play area too?  Raby is open daily from 10am and the Castle from 11am.

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