Millions of people across England and Wales are preparing to watch the national cricket side in their first World Cup final in 27 years – including many showing an interest in the sport for the first time.
Supermarkets are set to cash in from a last minute dash through the aisles to stock up on drinks and snacks, with Asda predicting a surge in demand for that most English of dishes – strawberries and cream.
While the game will be screened on Channel 4, it will also be shown at thousands of other venues including pubs and local league cricket clubs.
The biggest screen will be in London’s Trafalgar Square, where a Fanzone is being set up with live music, entertainment and food and drink.
Fans flock for World Cup
However, the fanzone in Birmingham ran from 28 to 30 June and has now closed as has a similar zone in Manchester.
Pubs are also preparing for a busy weekend, with the cricket, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix also on TV.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: “Pubs are the best place to watch live sport. Let us hope for some good weather too.”
Her hopes may be realised with weather experts predicting temperatures could reach 25C in London and 23C in the the North West.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “For many it will be dry and fine with only a very small chance of rain.”
Race for tickets
Fans wanting to witness England’s captain Eoin Morgan lead his team out to its first World Cup final appearance in 27 years thronged about the official tournament online resale platform in the hope that Indian and Australian supporters, disappointed at not making the final, would return unwanted tickets.
More than 1,000 registered users hovered on the site constantly waiting for the chance to buy any tickets becoming available.
The International Cricket Council’s organising committee, continued to monitor secondary ticket websites in a bid to halt individuals trying to make massive sell-on profits for tomorrow’s match.
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They warned desperate England cricket fans not to purchase the tickets which were being offered for £16,584 each – more than 50 times their face value – as they could be refused entry.
Others seats in prime locations at the home of cricket were being sold on the same website for as much as £12,150 and £7,897.
Steve Elsworthy, managing director of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, said: “It is very disappointing to see tickets on secondary ticketing websites selling at vastly inflated prices. We have been and will continue to cancel the accounts and tickets we see being sold on secondary sites.”