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Big Bash tickets warning

Cricket lovers who shelled out exorbitant prices online for tickets to tonight's Big Bash League semifinal could face being stopped at the gate.

With tickets selling out in less than three hours on Monday, fans keen to see the Perth Scorchers take on Shane Warne's Melbourne Stars were prepared to pay a premium for the few tickets available.

Sellers on classified website Gumtree were charging a premium yesterday, with some prices nearly doubling the original sale value.

Four tickets in the "gold" section of the Inverarity Stand had an asking price of $280, up from the original price of $160.

WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said any resale of tickets breached the terms and conditions of the original sale. "If we can get enough information as to which tickets have been sold, then we can cancel their barcodes," she said.

"But it's always difficult, particularly when there's so much of it happening online, plus there's not much legislation to back us up."

She said WACA security staff would target scalpers attempting to ply their trade outside the ground.

The State Government has previously declined to consider introducing anti-scalping laws.

The West Australian

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