The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has requested the spectators at Lord’s to stop throwing champagne corks onto the field of play during matches.
Lord’s is the only international cricket ground where patrons can bring in their own alcohol, and it has become customary for fans aim corks onto the pitch when they open their champagne.
But on the eve of England’s second One-Day International against Pakistan at Lord’s, the MCC, which owns the ground, has urged its members to put an end to the tradition.
“In recent times the practice of some members and other spectators opening bottles of champagne in such a way as to allow the stopper to be projected onto the outfield has been criticised,” the MCC said on Friday (August 26).
“Any items which are aimed at the playing area may cause a potential hazard to fieldsmen and this point has been made formally to the club.
“Lord’s is now the only ground into which members and ticket holders are allowed to bring alcohol, and in order for this arrangement to continue it is important that all members, their guests, and other spectators refrain from the practice that has been described.”
England after the Test series draw with Pakistan have won the first Test against Pakistan by 44 (D/L method). Pakistan batting first scored 260. Captain Azhar Ali scored 82 and Sarfraz Ahmed scored 55.
England in reply lost the wicket of Alex Hales for 27. But Joe Root and Jason Roy built a 29 runs partnership.
Roy was dismissed by Mohammad Nawaz in the 19th over of the match. England were on 158 for 3 before the sixth ball of the 28th over bowled rain curtailed the match and never started again so umpire declared England winner of the match as per run rate.