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T20 Finals ticketing frustrates club chief

Worcestershire chief executive Matt Rawnsley has expressed his frustration with the ticketing process in place for Finals Day, the end of season showpiece for the domestic T20 Blast cricket competition.

Worcestershire will make its first appearance at the Finals when this year’s edition takes place at Edgbaston, the home of Midlands rival Warwickshire, on September 15.

The four-team event will be held at the 25,000-capacity Birmingham venue for the 10th time this year, and Warwickshire holds a contact to host the Finals through to 2024.

However, Rawnsley has criticised the ticket allocation quotas for the competing clubs stating they are insufficient to meet the levels of demand.

“The allocation is a bit of a nightmare,” he told The Cricket Paper. “The 500 tickets that we get just doesn’t go far enough – it’s not enough to go around. It’s a real shame on Finals Day that, other than the people who have bought in advance, only two per cent of the crowd will be supporting a team there.

“I picked up the 500 tickets, we have to buy them face value, then we have staff and players who have an allocation out of that. Then we’ve got other people like sponsors and commercial partners, committee vice-presidents, who do a lot of unpaid work for the club, who also get some.

“The rest then go on general sale. They went on sale today (Wednesday) and they were gone in two hours. There has been a lot of frustration from members who couldn’t get through on the phone-lines but then what can you do – how do they expect us to do it?”

Rawnsley added that with the pull of Finals Day now “huge”, Edgbaston could sell out the event twice over.

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