Spectator Information: Sunrisers v Central Sparks


The lovely weather is set to continue this weekend for the return of women’s cricket to The Cloud County Ground. The Sunrisers take on Central Sparks this Sunday for their final Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy home match of the season, with play getting underway at 10:30am.

The weather is set to be hot so we ask all spectator to bring appropriate protection with you. Water is available from all available bar areas, so we advise bringing a refillable bottle too.

Gates Opening Times:

Gates open from 9:30am via the Main Entrance on New Writtle Street or the Tees River Gate, which is the closest entrance from Chelmsford City Centre and Chelmsford Bus/Train Stations.

Scheduled Hours of Play:

Toss: 10am
First Innings: 10:30am-2pm
Second Innings: 2:30-6pm

Member Entry & Matchday Tickets:

Supporters can purchase tickets in advance to speed up your entry into the ground. Tickets are priced at £10 Adults, £10 Students/Young Adults (18-25) and £5 Juniors (U18s).

These can be purchased online via the following link or alternatively in person at The Cloud County Ground from 9:30am on Sunday.


Tickets will be available on the gates from 9:30am each day and this is strictly card sales only.

The Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy is part of the 2023 Essex Membership and Members are required to scan their card on the gate.


Matchday Purchases:

The Cloud County Ground is a cashless ground, which includes purchasing tickets on the gates and food and drink in the Doug Insole Pavilion. Find out more – here

Please note that the Essex Cricket Store is the only location on-site which accepts cash payments.



Accessible parking:
A limited number of accessible car park spaces will be available at The Cloud County Ground but strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accessible Seating:
Accessible seating can be found in Block One of the Tom Pearce Stand.

Carers can enter the ground on a companion ticket which is free of charge. This is upon the presenting proof of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for people under 16 years old in the Membership & Ticketing Office or on the entry gate.

We can also accept a Blue Badge and Access card.

Accessible Toilets:
Wheelchair-accessible toilets are located behind the Doug Insole Pavilion (Blue Area).



• Spectators travelling by car can park in a number of public car parks within Chelmsford City Centre. There is no parking available on-site at The Cloud County Ground or Meteor Way for this fixture.

Public Transport:
• Chelmsford Bus Station is situated on Duke Street, next to Chelmsford Train Station, with connections to all over the County. Alternatively, bus numbers 13, 46 and C1 shuttles, stop on New London Road, which is approximately a two-minute walk to the Ground, via New Writtle Street.

• Chelmsford Railway Station is operated by Greater Anglia and is an approximate 10-minute walk from The Cloud County Ground. Regular direct train services depart from Chelmsford to London, Stratford, Shenfield, Romford, Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich. Chelmsford is situated on the Liverpool Street to Norwich mainline.


Ground Entry:

Spectators are able to enter the ground via the Main Gate located on New Writtle Street or the Tees River Gate.

Ground Entry:
• The Doug Insole Pavilion is open for all spectators for these games with the benches also available.

• Members are not required to pre-book a match ticket and can enter by scanning their Membership card on the gate. If you require a replacement card, please get in contact with the Membership & Ticketing Office before the fixture to arrange a replacement or this may cause delays on entry for you and other spectators.

• Entry to this fixture is included in 2023 Essex Membership and we encourage spectators to arrive in plenty of time to secure a seat. All seating for Sunrisers’ games are Unallocated and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Members of Middlesex County Cricket Club can also attend these games for free of charge on presentation of a Membership card.

• Supporters who have purchased tickets can enter the ground by scanning the QR on your tickets that has been sent to you via email following your purchase. If you choose to print out your ticket, please ensure that the match details (including name and seat details) are included as per the image below. Make sure you have your match ticket available on your phone or printed out so it is easily accessible for ticket scanning on arrival. Please do not take a ‘screen grab’ of your QR code as this could cause scanning issues.


• In the event of rain forecast on the day of the match, spectators can bring a small umbrella into the ground but metal spiked umbrellas are not permitted.


Around the Ground:

• Sunrisers merchandise and clothing will be available to purchase outside the Doug Insole Pavilion in the Sunrisers gazebo.

• Spectators are welcome to move behind the Doug Insole Pavilion but please respect the players’ area and walkway.

• The Club have installed a new faith and reflection room. This is available to spectators throughout the duration of the match and is located within the Allen Ford Graham Gooch Cricket Centre.

• The Club Store and Membership & Ticketing Office will be open for spectators.

• If you experience any anti-social or discriminatory behaviour during your visit to The Cloud County Ground then, please contact your nearest steward. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or text ‘CROWD’ including your stand and issue to 60066.


Food & Drink:

• The Doug Insole Pavilion will be serving a wide range of hot and cold drinks from the bar. A choice of snacks will also be available to purchase.

• Spectators can bring food and drink into the ground for this fixture. A limit of four cans of beer/lager or one bottle of wine per person but there’s strictly no glass or sharp objects permitted into the ground.

• Please note that The Cloud County Ground is a cashless ground, so please make sure you bring a suitable method of payment for your visit.


Leaving the Ground:

At the conclusion of the day’s play, we ask spectators to leave the ground in a safe and patient manner. Stewards will be on hand to help direct you safely out of the ground.

We hope you have an enjoyable visit to The Cloud County Ground and further information regarding the match, including squad announcements and a full match preview will be available on essexcricket.org.uk ahead of the match.

Get in touch with us by email if you have any further questions at [email protected] or via the Club’s official Twitter and Facebook channels.