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19th August 2008

England v South Africa Match Abandoned

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has, with regret, cancelled the NatWest International Twenty20 which was due to be played at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street tomorrow (Weds) between England and South Africa.

The ECB were advised by Durham County Cricket Club that there were concerns about the state of the ground following a considerable amount of rain in the last week.

The ECB then called in the ICC match referee who along with the ECB match umpire Nigel Llong inspected the ground this (Tuesday) afternoon. They both decided that the Riverside would not be fit for play tomorrow (Weds) and had no alternative but to cancel a NatWest International Twenty20 for the first time.

An early decision was taken because the weather forecast was poor for the next 24 hours and to prevent spectators making an unnecessary journey.

Ticket holders will be eligible for a full refund. The refund policy is detailed on the back of the tickets. 

If play is restricted or does not take place at the ground on the day for which this ticket is valid, you may claim a refund of only the face value of this ticket subject to there being:

9.5 overs or less because of adverse weather conditions and no result is obtained – a full refund. 
In no other circumstances can money be refunded. 

Claims for refunds are subject to a £1.40 administration charge per application.  To claim a refund you must send your ticket with your name and address in block capitals to Valassis Ltd, Dept. P8014, Corby, Northants NN17 1NN so that it arrives no later than 20 September 2008.  The following telephone number should be noted in case your refund is not received within 28 days: 01536 400160 (9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday).