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London: Jun 13, 2014
Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara is set to play for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against Hertfordshire on Lord’s Anniversary Day on June 22. The former West Indies skipper will turn out for MCC in the unique fixture to celebrate the Lord’s bicentenary year.
Lara, an Honorary Life Member of the club, is also playing in the MCC v Rest of the World fixture on July 5th alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.
MCC v Hertfordshire was the first ever match played at the current Lord’s Ground on June 22nd in 1814, and to mark the occasion MCC has organised a series of activities, workshops and entertainment around the Ground. Besides Lara, the MCC side will feature Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell, former Ireland skipper Trent Johnston, and ex-Durham and South Africa batsman Dale Benkenstein.
MCC Head of Cricket and captain for the match, John Stephenson, said: “We’re delighted that Brian is going to be playing in this match, and it will be a special treat for all those attending to see him bat again. “It is fitting that the 200th anniversary of a ground steeped in so much cricket history is going to be graced by one of the greatest batsman ever to play the game.
“Brian’s inclusion adds to what is already going to be a very exciting day with so much entertainment on and off the field, and it would be great to see as many people as possible coming to celebrate the bicentenary of the Home of Cricket.”
For the first time since 1987, supporters will be allowed to watch the match from in between the perimeter fence and the boundary rope on the Grand Stand side of the Ground. Former England internationals John Emburey, Paul Nixon, Matthew Maynard and Dean Headley will be giving unique Masterclass sessions in the MCC Academy during the afternoon. Bat-makers Hunts County will be hosting a bat and ball making workshop on the Nursery Ground, where spectators will be able to try their hand at putting together their own cricket bats and balls.
The Nursery Ground will also host performances from some of the best acts from this year’s ‘Perform Live At Lord’s’ competition. Anniversary Day will include performances from a 63-piece steel band, singer-songwriters and magicians, as well as fairground stalls and face painting.
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