Lord's bans fans from bringing alcohol into Hundred matches following crowd trouble

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Fans have been banned from bringing alcohol into Lord’s - PA
Fans have been banned from bringing alcohol into Lord’s - PA

Fans have been banned from bringing alcohol into Lord’s for the remainder of The Hundred after crowd trouble at last week’s matches there forced the early closure of the ground’s bars.

The stadium has also halved the number of alcoholic drinks an individual can buy at its own bars from four to two per transaction during Hundred games there and will now shut those bars halfway through men’s matches.

The Sunday Telegraph can reveal the moves follow alcohol-fuelled crowd trouble during Thursday’s London Spirit games against Trent Rockets, which led to the ground’s bars being closed half an hour before the end of the men’s game.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) members will be exempt from the ban on bringing booze into Lord’s, which will also not apply to non-Hundred fixtures.

The remaining Hundred games at the ground are London Spirit’s matches against Southern Brave on Sunday and against Northern Superchargers on Tuesday, as well as the final on August 21.

MCC said in a statement: “Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) aims to make Lord’s a ground for all and we work hard to ensure that everyone has a great day out when they visit the Home of Cricket.

“Everyone who comes to Lord’s should expect to be treated with kindness and respect. The Hundred is a tournament designed for families and children.

“We have reviewed all of our measures for our remaining Hundred matches, to ensure Lord’s is inclusive and is a place where families and children of all ages feel welcome and safe.

“These include not allowing the importation of alcohol into the ground, limiting alcoholic beverage sales and closing the bars earlier.

“We will also be providing more alcohol-free and family only areas. We believe that cricket should be a game for all and we want the next generation of cricket fans to love and be inspired by the sport.”

Lord’s is not the only ground to have witnessed rowdy scenes during the new competition and it emerged last week that alcohol-free zones could be introduced at matches at the Oval.

Five of the seven Hundred venues already have booze-free stands and these could be rolled out across the two remaining venues – the Oval and Edgbaston – next year.

The first men’s match between the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals was notably more raucous than the women’s game the night before when the crowd was made up mainly of families.

The men’s match was dominated by groups of males and by the end of the night chanting and singing in the stands turned the atmosphere closer to a Twenty20 game than the organisers had wanted.

They were confident the scenes would not be repeated in the rest of the competition because it was the only standalone men’s match of the tournament, with the rest double headers with women’s games that automatically attract more families.

But similar scenes were witnessed at Edgbaston, where chants again broke out among alcohol-fuelled sections of the crowd.

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