‘An absolute s***show!’: Cricket fans are clamoring in huge lines outside Lord’s to get into England vs New Zealand Test, with many waiting over an hour and missing opening wickets
- Cricket fans complained about long queues to enter Lord’s for the opening day of England v New Zealand test match
- Some fans said they queued for an hour and missed the first few overs
- England’s James Anderson took two early wickets while New Zealand batted first
Frustrated cricket fans complained about missing the start of the England vs New Zealand test match after huge queues to get in at Lord’s.
A supporter who had waited over an hour to get through the gates took to Twitter to brand the situation an “absolute s***show.”
Another tweeted his annoyance at listening to the pre-match anthems over the wall after delays and missing first ball.
Quite a few probably missed James Anderson’s early break for England after New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first.
Andrew Spooner responded to an announcement of the two lineups on the Home of Cricket Twitter account by writing: “The fans aren’t, though. Long queues to get into the ground. I’ll be here at 10 o’clock. It is unlikely that we will see the first ball. Sigh.’
Long queues outside the gates of the Lord prevented some fans from seeing the start of the game
Spectators are searched as they wait to gain entry to Lord’s on the first morning of the Test
Paul Townley tweeted an image of twisting queues outside the Home of Cricket as some fans missed the start of the England vs New Zealand test
The Lord’s account apologized for the long queues as fans complained on social media
Julia Prague described a ‘bonkers new gate system’ that caused delays in entering
Another fan described ‘huge queues’ and bars closing before the game started
Paul Townley tweeted a photo of the rules and wrote: ‘Getting absolute sh*t show at Lord’s this morning. It takes an hour for me to queue before boarding. High prices and treating fans like fools.”
He said he was in line at 10:10am but didn’t get in until 11:05am, describing the situation as “pretty chaotic”.
Julia Prague wrote: ‘Unimpressed @HomeOfCricket – didn’t manage to sell out tickets for the test because it’s so expensive and now we’re all queuing outside your crazy new gate system despite us be on site with plenty of time. Hearing the anthems over the wall.’
An MCC spokesperson said: ‘About half an hour before the game started, queues were longer than usual to get into Lord’s for the test match against New Zealand.
“Because the gates open at 9am and the game starts at 11am, we always encourage spectators to get to the field early.
“In order to minimize congestion and after consultation with the Met Police and the ECB’s Head of Safety and Security, we have decided to relax the search at the gates of Lord’s.”
England celebrate early wicket from New Zealand opener Will Young on morning one
Jonny Bairstow grabbed a catch from James Anderson’s bowling over Tom Latham with one hand. to delete
Those late arriving fans would have probably missed an excellent start for England as Anderson took the wickets of Will Young and Tom Latham on his return to the side to reduce New Zealand to 2 for 2.
It came after Lord’s faced criticism over ticket prices amid the cost of living, with thousands left unsold during the first four days of the test.
The MCC blamed the Queen’s platinum anniversary weekend and regular holiday fans for slow sales, but fans said the £160 match ticket prices were the main cause as families tighten their belts.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was also critical of the awards, tweeting: “Lord is not full this week is embarrassing for the game… Try to blame the Jubilee if they want to but I guarantee you if tickets weren’t £100-£160 it would be packed!!! Why are they so expensive???’
He added: ‘How about finding a way to get the remaining tickets at Lords to children with a parent for £40 to make sure it’s full…it’s the school holidays and there many children will be around to go to the test. contest??’
Lord’s will be far from full when England take on New Zealand in this week’s test match
Former England captain Michael Vaughan was critical of the prices paid at Lord’s. were asked