Rain leaves County with 'large' losses

Source - thisisleicestershire.co.uk

Leicestershire chief executive Paul Maylard-Mason said today that the Foxes' three home Twenty20 Cup wash-outs had cost the club a "substantial" amount.

The campaign began so well with a sell-out crowd watching the defending champions beat Yorkshire Phoenix, and another full house appeared on the cards for the visit of Nottinghamshire eight days later.

"We were only 600 tickets shy of a sell-out for that game and would have expected to sell them with good weather,'' said Maylard-Mason.

"For the Derbyshire and Durham games, we had sold 3,500 in advance and would have expected to have had a walk-up of around 1,000 more. Obviously, because of the weather, it was nothing like that. It adds up to a substantial amount of money.''

Just how much cannot be gauged until later in the season, as the County chief executive explained. "We have to bear in mind that some people who had tickets for the Twenty20 Cup will now be able to get in free for Pro40 games. So that will impact on our sales at the gate for those matches.''

Leicestershire put in a tremendous amount of work in the build-up to the Twenty20 Cup and looked like being rewarded with bumper attendances until the weather played its hand.

"The match against Yorkshire was our second straight Twenty20 sell-out after last year's quarter-final with Kent,'' said Maylard-Mason. "To bounce from that to having three games in succession rained off is hugely disappointing.

"Still, it could have been worse. Look at the problems Worcestershire have had with New Road flooding. That has been a nightmarish situation.''

Meanwhile the County expect to make an announcement early next week on what offers will be available to members and season-ticket holders who bought Twenty20 tickets only to be left sitting watching the rain.

Maylard-Mason points out that match day-ticket holders for any of the three washed-out games can use their tickets at any of the forthcoming home Pro40 games.

They get under way against Kent a week tomorrow.

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