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Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Edgbaston Stadium has secured an enhanced role in the Government’s pilot programme for the return of spectators at live sporting events following approval from the Club’s Safety Advisory Group.

Tomorrow’s friendly fixture at Edgbaston between Warwickshire and Worcestershire had already been confirmed as part of the programme to support the safe return of spectators to live sporting events.

However, Warwickshire Members can now also apply to attend the first two days of Warwickshire’s opening match in the Bob Willis Trophy versus Northamptonshire on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August.

“We’re delighted that Warwickshire CCC and Edgbaston are again at the forefront of innovation and that we can play a part in securing the safe return of spectators to sporting events across the country. Our thanks go to Birmingham City Council, the England & Wales Cricket Board and the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport for the support in taking forward this pilot programme at Edgbaston.

Craig Flindall, Chief Operating Officer at Warwickshire CCC

“It’s fantastic for us to have the opportunity to build on tomorrow’s spectator pilot match day by extending it to the opening two days of the county season, which allows Warwickshire Members to enjoy a weekend of watching cricket at Edgbaston.

“In partnership with Birmingham City Council and our wider city stakeholders, we have a proven track record and have vast experience of delivering some of the biggest sporting events that have taken place in Birmingham in recent years. Whilst we are operating at a reduced capacity, these three match dates are of equal importance those previous events.”

Warwickshire Members can apply for complimentary tickets for the opening two days of the Bob Willis Trophy fixture with Northamptonshire (Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 August) by logging into the online ticketing account at edgbaston.com or by calling the Ticket Hotline on 0121 369 1994 (9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Members can claim up to three tickets, allowing for guests in the same social bubble to attend. However, an email address and Health Declaration must be provided by all attendees to claim the complimentary tickets.

Members must subsequently download tickets on a smart phone or print off at home to secure entry; no tickets will be distributed at the stadium or be available on the day of the match. Membership cards alone will not be accepted.