Things are looking good so far for England’s cricket team in this year’s Ashes series, with wins at both Trent Bridge and Lord’s. The action’s not all over yet, though, and the third test match, kicking off at Old Trafford this Thursday, promises just as much excitement, tension and well-played cricket as the last two matches.
So if you’re heading to Manchester for this week’s match, why not check out the best apps for watching the Ashes at Old Trafford?
First and foremost is the Lancashire County Cricket Club website, which while not technically being an app, will be mighty useful if you’re heading over to Old Trafford this weekend.
The website offers all of the latest news and information, from how to get to the grounds to competitions, match highlights and FAQs, making it the first port of call for all Ashes-related news at Old Trafford.
Following Lancaster County Cricket Club @LancsCCC, the home club of Old Trafford, will also ensure that you keep up to date with all Ashes goings on in Manchester this year.
Getting in and around Manchester in time for the third Ashes test match is going to be high on your list of priorities, whether you’ve been to Old Trafford before or not. The MetroLink app for Android and iPhones is a great way of ensuring that you get to the grounds on time, and with the Metro stop sitting right outside Old Trafford, it’s perhaps one of the best ways to travel, too.
With the MetroLink app's route planner, you can calculate the quickest and easiest way to get to and from the grounds, as well as discovering the nearest metro stop to your current location. The app also notifies you with any route changes or delays to ensure you don’t get stuck listening, rather than seeing the cricketing action on the day.
If you don’t fancy taking the tram to Old Trafford, why not download the First Bus app which covers all buses across Greater Manchester. Discover bus times and bus stop locations, as well as ticket information and fares all from the touch of your smartphone.
If you’re not entirely sure where you’re going, you can glance at the bus’s route map, or check service updates for any delays en route.
What’s more, the app is absolutely free, and available for all Android and iOS devices.
If you’re perhaps flying in from Australia, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, you might want to take a look at the Manchester Airport app.
The app displays live arrival and departure information to inform either you or your friends as to when your flight might be landing, and also offers information about tickets and check-in.
You can find out about parking options at Manchester airport, as well as directions of how to get there. The app even shows you which shops and cafes are located in the terminal that you’re departing from, helping you plan your last minute duty-free spending spree!
The only downside is that the app is currently only available for iPhones.
Last but not least is the EatMCR app, which, as the name suggests, helps guide you to the best places to eat and drink during your stay in Manchester.
Using your phone’s built-in GPS, you can find the nearest restaurants and cafes to where you are, seeing how they’re rated and exactly where they’re located. The best part about the EatMCR app is that you can redeem offers for local eateries which can save you the odd penny or two when it comes to filling your belly.
Like with the Manchester Airport app, EatMCR is only available on iOS devices at present, and although an Android app is in development, it might not quite arrive in time for this week’s Ashes match!
Written by Charlotte Kertrestel