Essex v Ireland to have First-Class status


We can confirm that Essex’s 3-day Tourist Match against Ireland at Chelmsford in late May is a First-Class fixture.

The game, which takes place between Friday 26 and Sunday 28 May, will be Ireland’s final preparation before their stand-alone Test Match against England at Lord’s.

Andrew Balbirnie’s side are gearing up for a return to Test Match cricket after their last thrilling outing at Lord’s in 2019, where they reduced England to 85 all out in their first innings before a second innings comeback saw England win by 143 runs.

Before Ireland’s tour of England, they have historic tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in April, playing their first Test Match against each nation.

While Essex fans have become accustomed to International outfits playing warm-up matches at Chelmsford in recent years, this summer’s fixture is set to have a different flavour with fixed starting XIs and any achievements counting towards the history books.

Tickets for the fixture will go on sale on Tuesday 21 February, along with tickets for the Vitality Blast, LV= Insurance County Championship and One Day Cup.

Essex County Cricket Club Members get ground entry to Essex v Ireland, along with LV= Insurance County Championship and One Day Cup fixtures as part of their Membership package.

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