No excuse for cricket club’s treatment of fans

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From: Graham Holmes, Glenwood Close, Hull.

WHAT a total excuse and abject apology from Richard Kaye to the sell-out crowd that supported the one-day international match at Headingley (Yorkshire Post, July 19).

Arriving 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start, it is not asking too much to gain admittance before the commencement of play. As a group we were redirected to the rugby league entrance of the South stand and the queues were just inside the car park. The reason for the slow moving queue was that at each checking table there was one steward, who made me empty my pockets into a tray and then went around my body with a hand-held scanner. A second steward then made me empty the full contents of my rucksack.

However, is the checking of bags’ contents just to ensure we do not take alcohol into the ground? It was readily available inside – well not quite readily available.

I suggest Mr Kaye’s team visit Trent Bridge for the answers – on my last visit they had two tables of five checkers doing the bags inside each block of turnstiles, making it an easy transition into the ground. Also, plenty of beer is sold at Trent Bridge with few queues. I will be at Lord’s for the test against India and I will be there with 30 minutes to go – I bet I will be in my seat with pint in hand well before the first ball is bowled in anger.

Come on, Mr Kaye: admit Yorkshire’s shortcomings and get a grip. Otherwise, spectators will vote with their feet.

From: Dennis Bolton, The Robins, Burley in Wharfedale.

I WRITE regarding recent correspondence over the closure for a period of bars at Headingley Cricket Ground because of increased alcohol consumption, fears of disturbances and long queues waiting for drinks. Surely the answer to this problem is not to sell any alcoholic drinks at all. Keep the bars open all day selling only soft drinks, and of course, prohibit spectators from bringing in any alcohol.

I am believed to be Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s longest serving member – my father made me a junior member when I was 11 years old in 1933 – and I have thus been a member, junior and senior, for 78 years. I have enjoyed my cricket in all that time without any alcoholic drinks.