SPORTS fans will have the chance to see the cricket world cup trophy ahead of the tournament this summer.

The trophy, which is going on a 100-day tour of the country, starting next month, will be in County Durham, which is hosting three world cup matches, in April.

On April 6, the trophy will head to Raby Castle, in Teesdale, before going to Durham city the following day.

On April 8, the cup will be at Beamish Museum, as well as at a community open event at Durham County Cricket Club, in Chester-le-Street.

The Riverside ground in Chester-le-Street will be hosting three world cup matches in June and July, including England’s final group game against New Zealand on July 3.

Councillor Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “We are thrilled the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Trophy is visiting County Durham as part of its national tour.

“There is a proud cricketing tradition in the county and this will be an opportunity for fans to get up close to a piece of sporting history.

“Excitement is building for this summer’s tournament, especially the three games being played at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.

“The trophy tour is sure to whet people’s appetites for the tournament and generate interest in cricket at a grassroots level.”