Essex want T20s at Olympic Stadium

Essex want T20s at Olympic Stadium
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Essex chief executive Derek Bowden believes that the County Championship side could host Twenty20 cricket at the Olympic Stadium.

Essex chief executive Derek Bowden has revealed that the club are eager to play Twenty20 matches at the Olympic Stadium.

West Ham United have been named as the main tenants of the stadium from 2016 but Bowden believes that Essex can be successful in hosting limited-overs cricket at the Stratford-based venue.

Bowden told BBC Look East: "We regularly sell out at Chelmsford. We'll sell 7,000 for a Twenty20 game on a Friday night. There's an opportunity to take cricket down to East London.

"We'll hopefully speak to West Ham, in the next few weeks. I would think towards the end of April, early May we could meet with the West Ham management to see if there is any viability."

Essex's current ground in Chelmsford is less than 30 miles away from the Olympic Stadium.

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