Rotherham Town Cricket Club and Rotherham Rugby Club tee up historic double-header

Rotherham Town Cricket Club and Rotherham Rugby Club tee up historic double-header

By David Beddows | 28/04/2022

Rotherham Town Cricket Club and Rotherham Rugby Club tee up historic double-header

CO-TENANTS Rotherham Rugby Club and Rotherham Town Cricket Club have come to an agreement over a fixture clash at Clifton Lane that will mean both sports being played on the ground on the same day for the first time in living memory.

Titans’ rearranged final match of the season against Sheffield Tigers on Saturday May 7 corresponded with Town’s game against Oughtibridge, presenting a potential problem.

But after discussions between the two parties, Titans will now kick off at the earlier time of noon and the cricket match will follow immediately afterwards.

Town secretary Richard Fidler said: “This is the first ‘double-header’ at Clifton Lane that we can remember and we have to thank Oughtibridge for agreeing to start later.

“Hopefully the weather will be good and people who come for the rugby will be able to take in some cricket as well.”

Titans had been unable to play the Tigers match at Christmas after the Sheffield club took up an RFU option not to play over concerns about Covid issues caused by the Omicron variant.

The latest agreement between Town and the Titans is in stark contrast to the past when they regularly clashed over similar issues at ground hand-over time.

Richard added: “It shows how the two clubs are working together and acting as one, not just with this matter but on matters relating to the ground in general.”

Titans commercial director John Whaling agreed it was an example of the massively-improved relations between the clubs.

“We had a problem and have come to an amicable solution and hopefully it will be a great day for everyone,” he said.

 



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