IT MAY be a whole new ball game, but Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club will be one of the only places in Chester to see England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia on a big screen outdoors.

The cricket club is opening its doors to the public and will have a giant TV broadcasting the big match at 7pm on the outfield.

Tickets have sold out to watch the crunch game from inside the clubhouse, where there will be a bar and other TV screens.

Meanwhile, outside, there will be a barbecue and bouncy castle.

It has been confirmed that should Gareth Southgate's men triumph and make it through to the World Cup final, Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club will also run a similar event on Sunday.

Also keeping a keen eye on the football is the city's Storyhouse cultural hub.

Storyhouse marketing and PR manager Nancy Davies confirmed that, only in the event of England winning on Wednesday night, plans were in place to show the World Cup final on a big screen from 3.45pm on Sunday.

Nancy added: "This would be a family-friendly event – we have used the big screen before to show the royal wedding and would use it for a General Election.

"This event would be a lovely alternative to families, instead of watching it at home or in pubs, for what could be a history-changing moment."

Cheshire West and Chester Council has been contacted to see if there will be any outside World Cup broadcasts in Chester, but as of yet nothing has been formally arranged.