Sports Listings: Plan ahead

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THE first visit by South Africa for 29 years has aroused plenty of interest among cricket supporters, who have already shown their commitment to the three Tests against England. New Zealand, also playing three Tests, are South Africa's partners on tour this summer.

The first Test at Lord's and the third Test at The Oval against South Africa have already sold out on the Friday and Saturday, while at Headingley for the second Test, the Friday is booking well. For the first Test against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, the first four days are selling well, particularly on the Friday and Saturday when all balcony seats have been sold. Tickets are available for all days of the remaining two Tests.

The TCCB Raincheck Scheme allows for full refunds on tickets if fewer than 10 overs are bowled in a day. If 10 overs are bowled but not more than 25, half the ticket value will be refunded.

OPENING MATCHES (one-day): 29 April, England Amateur XI v New Zealand, at Southgate; 1 May, Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk's XI v New Zealand, at Arundel; 23 June, Earl of Carnarvon's Invitation XI v South Africa, Highclere, near Newbury.

TEXACO ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS: Edgbaston, 19 May v New Zealand (Seats at pounds 22, pounds 28, pounds 34 and members' available, children under-16 half-price); 25 August v South Africa (only odd single seats and members' available). The Ticket Office, Warwickshire CCC, County Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7QU. Credit card bookings between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday on 021-446 5506 (Mailing charge pounds 1). Lord's, 21 May v New Zealand. ( pounds 30 only) Ticket Enquiries, MCC, Lord's Ground, London NW8 8QN. Tel: 071-289 8979. Credit card bookings (not before 21 April) between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, to 071-289 5005. Old Trafford, 27 August v South Africa (pounds 22 to pounds 34; juniors under-16 half-price). International Match Bookings, Lancashire CCC, Old Trafford, Manchester M16 0PX. Tel: 061-848 7021 for credit card bookings or enquiries. (Mailing charge pounds 1).

CORNHILL TEST MATCHES: England v New Zealand: Trent Bridge, 2-6 June (Radcliffe Lower: Thursday pounds 12, Friday/Saturday pounds 15, Sunday pounds 11; Parr Lower: pounds 17, pounds 20, pounds 15 (junior: pounds 7, pounds 10, pounds 8); Fox Road: pounds 15, pounds 18, pounds 13; Scoreboard: pounds 12, pounds 15, pounds 11; Hound Road Lower: pounds 22, pounds 25, pounds 19). The Ticket Office, Nottingham CCC, Trent Bridge, Nottingham, NG2 6AG. Tel: 0602-817005 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. (Mailing charge pounds 1). Lord's, 16-20 June (Thurs/Sat/Sun pounds 15, pounds 20, pounds 25; Friday pounds 15, pounds 20) (see above). Old Trafford, 30 June-5 July (rest day 3 July) (Thursday pounds 12 to pounds 25, Fri/Sat pounds 15 to pounds 28, Monday pounds 15 reserved, pounds 10 unreserved. Juniors under-16 half-price throughout. See above).

England v South Africa: Lord's, 21-25 July (Thursday pounds 15, pounds 22; Fri/Sat sold out; Sunday pounds 15, pounds 22, pounds 27). Headingley, 4-8 August ( pounds 15- pounds 27 adults, pounds 10 to pounds 18 juniors under-16). The Secretary, Yorkshire CCC, Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds LS6 3BU. Tel: 0532-787394. (Mailing charge pounds 1). The Oval, 18-22 August (Thursday pounds 19 adults, pounds 10 under-16s; Fri/Sat sold out; Sunday pounds 19-pounds 28, unders-16s pounds 10). The Ticket Office Supervisor, Surrey CCC, The Foster's Oval, Kennington, London SE11 5SS. Tel: 071-582 7764 for credit card bookings between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. (Mailing charge pounds 1).