Children flocking to World Twenty20

ICC World Twenty20 2009

Thousands of children are set to watch the women’s group stages of the World Twenty20, including new World Cup champions England, at Taunton in June.

Tournament organisers have received an outstanding response to a free ticket offer to schools in Somerset. More than 30 local primary schools have jumped at the opportunity.

The women’s competition will run at the same time as the men’s. The women’s group stage will take place at Taunton, home of Somerset, ahead of the semi-finals on the same day as the men at Trent Bridge, the Oval and Lord’s.

Over 2,000 tickets have already gone to children from all over Somerset, for double headers each day from June 11-16, and more are available.

Steve Elworthy

Tournament director Steve Elworthy is delighted so many children will watch the games

Tournament director Steve Elworthy said: "We welcome the attendance of schools at the ICC World Twenty20, the largest international sporting tournament taking place in England this year.

“School children will add excitement to the matches and have an opportunity to witness a first-class global sporting event on their own doorstep.

“I look forward to welcoming local schools to the tournament and urge those who are interested in attending to contact us."

Somerset chief executive Richard Gould said: "It is heartening to see this terrific response from our local schools. The community of Somerset has always been supportive of cricket and this is just another example.

"We are really pleased with the positive response from schools. We may end up with over 100 schools in attendance which would be terrific. Winning the World Cup has put women's sport on to a new level and this tournament will keep it there."

The most popular match so far has been the clash between Australia and South Africa on June 16 where 633 children will be attending. Attendance is also expected to be high at England's match against India on June 11.

Tickets for all matches at Taunton are just £6 for adults and £1 for under-16s. They can be purchased at www.icc-cricket.com or by calling 0844 847 2020. School, cricket clubs and Somerset members can gain free entry.

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