ENG vs NZ: Here's why spectators attending Lord's Test received full refund of Day 4 tickets

England won the game by five wickets on the penultimate day of the first Test match.

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Everyone present at the Lord’s cricket ground, except for the Kiwis, rejoiced on the penultimate day of the first Test as England broke their losing streak and started off the series with a 1-0 lead. What was surprising was the viewers at the stadium got a refund for their tickets for the fourth day even after the match ended on that very day.

The public who witnessed England win the encounter watched the game live, for free. Despite the contest continuing into the first hour. Lord’s Cricket Ground issued a full refund to all attendees as just 13.5 overs were bowled on Day 4. Viewers were entitled to a complete refund, according to Lord’s Cricket Ground regulations.

Here’s what the regulations of the Lord’s cricket ground state:

(i) 15 overs or less because of weather conditions or completion of the Match – a full refund; or

(ii) 15.1 overs to 29.5 overs because of weather conditions or completion of the Match – a 50% refund

As per the refund policy of Lord’s, the match ended within 15 overs on the fourth day, and thus every attendee received the ticket money back. Former Test skipper Joe Root, who played the winning knock for his side and contributed majorly towards the team’s victory, was also ecstatic to know that the crowd was entitled to a full refund.

England’s jinx ended with an early victory against New Zealand

Speaking of the match, Root and wicketkeeper batter Ben Foakes put up a crucial 120-run partnership which helped England emerge victorious against the Kane Williamson-led defending World Test Champions. While the bowlers set the tone in the first innings by dishing out New Zealand for just 132 runs, it was Root’s brilliant fourth-innings hundred that earned a promising foundation for new skipper Ben Stokes and newly appointed head coach Brendon McCullum’s campaign.

The game also witnessed debutant Matthew Potts (Seven wickets) emerge as one of the finest bowlers in the game, as he played a major role in the first innings in restricting the visitors. James Anderson (Six wickets) and Stuart Broad (Four wickets) marked their return in style as the two took the game by a storm from the word go and England won the first game of the three-match series by five wickets.

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