For us at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, 3 July is a date that will long live in the memory. No, not just because it’s when the England national football team put their penalties curse to bed by seeing off Columbia in the World Cup – there was also an exciting slice of cricket action at Ropery Lane.
In the Vitality Blast competition, the Durham Jets – the Twenty20 team at Durham County Cricket Club – took on the North East Premier League XI here at the Chester-le-Street Cricket Club ground. England international cricketer Ben Stokes was in the Jets side that won the match by 6 wickets.
A special match that brought joy to many faces
On the day, the Jets won the toss and decided to Bowl in a match where G Maddison and Jack McGurk got on the score sheet. However, Stokes, a former vice-captain of the England Test team, was the obvious star attraction in a game that also drew a healthy turnout.
On his Instagram page after the match, Stokes thanked Chester-le-Street Cricket Club for hosting the Jets’ last preparatory game for the Twenty20 Cup, as the Vitality Blast tournament is otherwise known. Stokes commented that it “was good to get back out on the field yesterday with the lads after a few weeks on the sidelines”, alongside a photo of himself clasping a can of Red Bull.
A much-loved Test cricketer passes another test
For us, it was undoubtedly an honour to host a match where the globally respected Stokes took to the field. He holds numerous records in Test cricket, including for the fastest ever double-century and match 250 as well as the highest ever score batting at six.
Thanks to Stokes, who currently plays for both Durham County Cricket Club and Indian Premier League side Rajasthan Royals, the Durham Jets capped off their preparation for the Vitality Blast campaign in fine style. However, this match is far from the only example of brilliant sports action that you can enjoy at our Ropery Lane venue.
Good reasons to become a member of our club
At Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, we regularly host live cricket at various levels of the professional game, including youth levels. Even if the football antics in Russia have left you feeling more sated by a ball game other than cricket, you can catch the rest of the World Cup action on our big screen.
We consider ourselves much more than merely a sports club; we also endeavour to be a friendly, community-oriented space in which local fans and non-fans of cricket alike can socialise and unwind. To further cultivate this, we intend to ramp up our events programme.
To see what we currently have lined up, head over to our website’s events page. Now is an especially good time to sign up for Chester-le-Street Cricket Club membership, which can also get you an array of enticing discounts on drinks in our bar. We can – ahem – drink to that if you call us on 0191 3883684.