Sport Fans banned from bringing booze into Hundred matches at Lord's
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Fans have been banned from bringing booze into Lord's for their final two Hundred games and bars will shut early following crowd trouble last week.
Rowdy scenes during Thursday's game betweenSpirit and Trent Rockets led to the ground's bars being closed half an hour before the end.
Supporters will also be limited in how muchthey can buy from the Lord's bars after a spate of bad behaviour.
MCC said in a statement: 'Marylebone Cricket Club aims to make Lord's a ground for all and we work hard to ensure that everyone has a great day out when they visit the home of cricket.
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'Everyone should expect to be treated with kindness and respect. The Hundred is a tournament designed for families and children. We have reviewed all of our measures for our remaining Hundred matches, to ensure Lord's is inclusive and is a place where families and children of all ages feel welcome and safe.
'These include not allowing the importation of alcohol into the ground, limiting beverage sales and closing bars earlier.
'Cricket should be a game for all and we want the next generation of cricket fans to love and be inspired by the sport.'
The new regulations are in place for Sunday's showdown between London Spirit and Southern Brave and again on Tuesday when the Lord's-based Spirit play against the Northern Superchargers.
MCC's regulations had previously stipulated that fans were allowed to bring in 'small quantities of alcohol' but that right has now been waived. MCC members are exempt from the new rules.
The Oval is considering creating alcohol-free zones next season after rowdy scenes at the opening game ten days ago.
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