Tickets to the Ashes at Lord’s are so exclusive that they are difficult to be purchased even by the English, most of who must enter a ballot in order to gain the opportunity.
From all reports, SACA Members were given the royal treatment.
One such SACA Member who witnessed the historic event was Merilyn Kidman, who attended with one of her three sons, Tom. Her other sons David and Nicholas have attended Ashes series in previous years, also due to reciprocal privileges they’ve received as a family of SACA Members.
“I have always been a great fan of Test cricket and have not missed a Test match at Adelaide Oval since I was seven years old. That was 65 years ago,” she said.
Between Merilyn and Tom, the Kidmans had about 20 friends – also SACA Members – that they planned to catch up with at Lord’s, including two of her nephews, James and Joshua Niederer.
“We all have great memories (of the event),” she said.
While her time experiencing the Second Ashes at Lord’s was the highlight, Merilyn enjoyed a trip of a lifetime, getting her fix of sunshine with two weeks in Italy en route to England.
Meanwhile the Niederer boys had adventures of their own in London featuring one particular green and gold moment that could not have been scripted.
“We firstly went to Abbey Road to cross the famous crossing. The bus we stopped just happened to be the Australian Cricket Team bus!” James reported.
Their sightseeing also included a river cruise on the Thames followed by the Tower of London and then the Tower Bridge. They also enjoyed a League Cup match between Brentford and Cambridge United finishing in a penalty shootout.
Mark and Pamela Lewis are other SACA Members who reaped the benefits of their reciprocal privileges.
“We had great seats – front row on day three! The family saw us on TV near the fine leg,” Mr Lewis said.
“We were seated next to other SACA Members who used the reciprocal rights and were very happy. Interestingly, we were able to use the Adelaide Oval earpieces during the game.”
According to Mr. Lewis, the experience and the seats were outstanding, with the opportunity to attend the Pavilion in the MCC area on day four.
“We were able to welcome the Australians back into the Lord’s Pavilion for lunch and then dine in the Long Room bar.”
Mr and Mrs Lewis chatted with SACA President Andrew Sinclair in the Long room and witnessed Australia’s Mel Jones ringing the five-minute bell before the start of play.
Despite some rain, the SACA Members who attended Lord’s can claim a remarkable beginning to the cricket season. They are no doubt looking forward to seeing sunny skies above Adelaide Oval throughout the Australian season.
About SACA’s Reciprocal Benefits
As part of SACA Members’ many benefits, SACA has reciprocal arrangements with other state and overseas cricket associations, providing members with an opportunity to attend certain matches through the year at the discretion of each ground.
To apply for reciprocity at Lord’s Cricket Grounds, SACA Members must be over the age of 16 and not living or working in the UK.
The pass provides the holder with entry to the ground, Pavilion and unreserved seating in the Members’ Friends’ Enclosures. The historic Pavilion building was rebuilt in 1826 after the original pavilion was destroyed in a fire in 1825.
Rover tickets admit relatives and friends to unreserved seats in the Members’ Friends’ Enclosures.
For fortunate ticket holders seeking a slice of history, the MCC Museum is open on major match days.
SACA Members can also enjoy reciprocal rights with the following interstate cricket associations and venues.
- Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG)
- Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust (SCG)
- Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA)
- ANZ Stadium (Sydney)
- Brisbane Cricket Ground (GABBA)
- Blundstone Arena (Bellerive, Tasmania)
For more information on reciprocal benefits, click here.