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Q: Re the Eng v/s India 5th ODI - 2nd Sep 07 - Headingley --- The officials at the Headingley cricket ground inform me that general spectators are not permitted to carry cameras and permission can be granted by the ECB as they control the ground for international fixtures. I have seen on TV during the recently concluded test series that spectators carry cameras into the ground. Is there anything I need to do to get permission to carry photography equipment into the ground on 2nd September?

A: ECB can't grant you permission in this respect. Headingley's ground regulations stand. Sorry

Q: I would just like to know if tickets for the South African tour in 2008 will be available for South Africans living in the UK. How could we go about purchasing them? Thankyou Kenny

A: Tickets will be available for anyone to buy! All the staging venues sell their own tickets, so they'll announce details themselves in due course

Q: When will the domestic fixtures for 2008 be published? (This might seem a long way off but I'm trying to organise a stag weekend around a watching a quality cricket match)

A: No fixed date as yet - they are usually sometime in October-ish...but could be earlier or later

Q: Sorry to tempt fate but bearing in mind how the weather has affected this seasons cricket what cointingency plans do the ECB have if Twenty20 Finals day is affected or even wshed out completely considering that 1 QF has alredy been postponed for 24 hours?

A: There is a scheduled reserve day on Sunday August 5

Q: watching the rain affected Roses Match with about 4 hours to go how can anybody expect a fair result with Lancs trailing by about 298.

A: Not sure what the question was? Rain affects matches - not much that can be done about it.

Q: My friend and I are visiting England for a few days after a conference we are attending there and everyone says we have to get ourselves to a cricket match... So, my question is, between July 26-29 inclusive, what would be the best match to try and see (anywhere in England)? Thanks! catherine.

A: Hello Catherine

A good introduction might be to go and see a NatWest Pro40 game - 40 overs a side, match played in one half-day. Lots of games on Sunday July 29:

NatWest Pro40 Division One
Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, Cheltenham College
Hampshire v Essex, The Rose Bowl
Worcestershire v Sussex, New Road
NatWest Pro40 Division Two
Derbyshire v Kent, Chesterfield
Glamorgan v Middlesex, Ebbw Vale
Surrey v Durham, Guildford
Yorkshire v Somerset, Scarborough

But if you want more detailed help email us at help@ecb.co.uk letting us know where you're going to be in the country and we'll try and point you in the right direction and give you some options

Q: hi i am going to the odi match on sunday between england and west indies at lords. i was wondering what time and where would i have to go so i would have the chance to see the players arrive?

A: Can't give you an exact time, but usually via the Grace Gate. Plenty of chance to see them in the match or in pre-match warm-ups around the ground

Q: when is the june ballot you promised\?

A: If your query is re the Supporters Club, please contact Membership Services - see England Cricket Supporters Club - Contacts

Q: Given thats the ECB are using the referral system in the Friends Provident Trophy, I believe as a trial which will be reviewed later in the season, I assume the trial has been sanctioned by the ICC being Cricket's World Governing Body

A: Not sure sanctioned is the right word, but ICC will be keenly following the progress of the trial

Q: Which Free to air channel is showing highlights of the current Test?

A: Five (Channel 5) shows highlights of the Tests every evening, c.7pm