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Liverpool are hoping for more county games
Friday 3rd August 2007

Lancashire are considering the possibilities of bringing more first class cricket to the city of Liverpool.

The development of the Old Trafford ground over the next few years will force the county’s committee to consider other suitable venues and Liverpool Cricket Clubs ground in Aigburth, which has successfully hosted the county match with Sussex this week, fits the bill.

It is understood that Lancashire officials have been impressed with the way the local club has prepared for this week's game, including developing the corporate hospitality opportunities under a huge marquee, improving facilities for players to watch the game from the top balcony, and catering for the masses.

Liverpool’s club chairman Peter McEvoy is hopeful that ongoing talks with Lancashire could lead to the prospect of more first class games.

"We have started talking to them about the future," said McEvoy.

"With the proposed development of Old Trafford if the plans go ahead Lancashire will want to play more games on the out grounds.

"I don't want to be left in a situation where they come to us at the start of a season.

"We are hopeful that for a three year period we can engage in further contracts to maintain a game here every year. But it could be more, depending on the situation at Old Trafford."

With the county's help, Liverpool have already improved their facilities.

"We have refurbished the changing rooms. I went over to Old Trafford to look at their facilities and we are trying to get ourselves on a more professional basis."

The good weather brought healthy crowds out to watch the cricket and the support the Merseyside public gave to the match has also caught the eye of the county's hierarchy.

McEvoy is aware that staging four or five games will bring extra burdens on his committee and staff, adding: "For more games were are going to have to look at the possibilities of having extra staff."

But he hopes the lasting impression of the successfully stage-managed off field organisation, coupled with a packed ground with around 3000 people in attendance each day, will encourage Lancashire to bring more cricket to Merseyside while their ground is out of action.