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Last Updated: Friday, 25 April, 2003, 10:12 GMT 11:12 UK
Notts to host Twenty20 final
Fans watch a one-day international at Trent Bridge
Trent Bridge has hosted 24 one-day internationals
Trent Bridge is to replace Lord's to host the finals of the Twenty20 Cup, county cricket's newest competition, after locals objected to loud music at the home of cricket.

The Nottingham venue got the nod from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday, a month after Westminster City Council turned down an application for an entertainments licence at Lord's.

The 19 July finals day involves the two semi-finals and the final of the competition, which sees each team bat for 20 overs, and a host of other rule changes.

The ECB admitted Lord's - with a capacity of 28,000 - had been the original choice.

But there was a body of opinion within English cricket's governing body that the tournament, with a mandate to attract a new audience, should move away from its traditional base.

"Trent Bridge puts on a great show for Tests and one-day internationals and it will put on a great show for this," an ECB spokesman told the BBC Sport website.

Girl band Atomic Kitten
Atomic Kitten will also star at the Nottingham venue
The home of Nottinghamshire CCC, which seats 15,350 fans, has hosted 49 Tests and 24 limited-overs international matches.

The musicians deemed unacceptable by the residents of St John's Wood have been identified as girl-band Atomic Kitten.

They will be supported by United Colours of Sound, who have re-mixed the old 10CC song Dreadlock Holiday - most famous line "I don't like cricket" - to become the competition's signature tune.

The ECB boasts it will be "the first time that a pop band has ever played at a major domestic cricket final in the UK".

The tournament opens at Southampton's Rose Bowl on 13 June, where Hampshire, Sussex, chart stars Mis-Teeq and Irish boy band D'Side will entertain the crowds.




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