Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Ticket crisis

One lucky fan who
will get to see Fantasy Bob
There were red faces at Carlton Cricket Club yesterday as the go ahead Edinburgh club acknowledged the difficulties with its state-of-the-art electronic booking system. 

Tickets were due to go on public sale online yesterday for the mouth watering season's opener at Grange Loan featuring Carlton 4 and Teuchters CC,  but desperate fans were locked out as the club's website could not cope with the demand.  A spokesman for the club told world wide media, 'We knew that many fans would be desperate to see Fantasy Bob coming up the hill into the wind.  There may not be too many more opportunities after all.  But we seriously underestimated the world wide interest.  There was literally a handful of inquiries.  Our server just couldn't cope.'

Observers said that smoke could be seen coming out of doughty groundsman Magnus Moon's laptop, the nerve centre of the operation.  Last night it remained unclear when tickets would become available and fans were told to stop ringing the emergency services.  

The spokesman refused to comment on another source of disappointment for fans when they learned that only 4 tickets were being offered to the public for this highlight of the world cricketing calendar, amid suggestions that the best benches on the hill had been reserved for Carlton dignitaries and assorted minor celebrities.  Critics compared this allocation unfavourably with the World Cup final when it was played at Lords a stadium with smaller capacity but where 14,000 tickets went on sale to the public.  In a rare moment of silence the spokesman declined to comment.

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