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Re: T20
Posted by: Grockle
Date: 01/07/2018 16:25
Difficult for that to happen CH.

All the people there have to have credentials that are applied for each year and are given on the provision of evidence that the person with the credentials has a legitimate reason for having those press credentials.


If it's something like the International ones then a second application has to be made and authorised before your credentials will be accepted by the barcode readers on the gates so keeping the number down to what the place can cope with is in the hands of the media people in charge.


There are sometimes players who come into the box because they are on the BBC commentary or are blagging a view from the top of the pavilion (the box is smaller but the view is very good) and we have the odd management coming up to show people around or whatever.

But you have to get past the gate and building stewards in order to get to the top (two levels in the Somerset Pavilion) so you have to wear the credentials all the time (and they aren't exactly small).

In the box, the two Richards Walsh and Latham are the final police line and 'hangers on' don't get past them.

There are times when people like me who do not earn their living from what is written and observed will move out for the working press to get access to the main places and we also do not report things said until the working press have got their deadlines in (Cove's injury was the most recent aspect - the press box knew on Friday but it was not to be reported until 10:30am on Saturday after the ECB press release).

We have a privileged position and it isn't given all that often so you have to appreciate it and understand that it is a working environment. Believe it or not the ECB has started to provide an 'etiquette' leaflet for people - and sometimes it is needed.

The only time it has been absolutely mad was the Pakistan game 3 days after the no ball tampering incident when we had 'cricket' press from everywhere. I went to the old media centre to give working journalists space and found out later that Grockles had been allocated a space in the press box because we were part of the local press presence at home games. "Fair choked I up" that did.

So not many hangers on get in CH

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