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It’s been another thrilling season of cricketing action at the Home of Cricket, drawing to a close with the fourth NatWest One Day International between England and Pakistan.
We take a look back at some of the 2010 highlights.
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Seeing pink in Abu Dhabi
MCC took the progressive decision to move the traditional season curtain raiser against the County Champions to the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi and to play it under lights with a pink ball.
The innovative trial, made in view of potentially playing Test matches under lights in the future, was described by MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson as a "tremendous success" and met with favorable reviews from the players involved.
On the field Durham were in champion form, Michael DiVenuto and Kyle Coetzer putting on 181 for the first wicket of the game as they romped to a 311-run-victory.
Tamim stars for the Tigers
England, as expected, beat Bangladesh comfortably by 8 wickets at the Home of Cricket but the Tigers took things to a fifth day, thanks largely to Tamim Iqbal’s heroics.
His teammate Shahadat Hossain had become the first Bangladeshi to make the famous Lord’s Honours Board taking 5-98 in the first innings but Tamim grabbed the headlines with a breathtaking 103 from 100 balls in the second innings.
Bradshaw's champagne moment
MCC also made the headlines with Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw’s popular decision to allow fifth day perambulation on the pitch.
On a Bank Holiday Monday, ticket prices were slashed to £10 and thousands of spectators piled into the ground to watch Lords.org columnist Steve Finn star in England’s victory.
BBC Test Match Special were clearly impressed, delivering their famous 'Champagne Moment' award to Mr. Bradshaw.
Gilchrist stars for Middlesex
Australia legend Adam Gilchrist was the star turn for Middlesex in the expanded Twenty20 Cup, opening the batting with compatriot and T20 specialist Dave Warner.
The illustrious pair were unable to inspire Middlesex to the finals day however, as they finished in sixth position in the South Group with eight wins and eight defeats.
Australia take some revenge
Australia were the next international visitors to Lord’s, gaining some revenge for last years historic Ashes defeat with Shaun Tait starring in a 42-run victory for Australia.
The quick took 4-48, including a delivery registered at 100mph, in Australia's win.
England had already secured the series victory however, having won the first three fixtures.
North & Watson sink Pakistan
MCC and Lord's welcomed Pakistan as the 'home' team in late July, sponsoring their series against Australia under the Club's 'Spirit of Cricket' banner.
Pakistan ‘hosted’ Australia in the opening test of the MCC Spirit of Cricket Series at Lord’s, the first neutral Test at the Home of Cricket in 98 years.
However, it was Australia who seemed more at home at Lord’s - Ricky Ponting’s men won the match by a comfortable 150 runs. In the aftermath Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi to sensationally resigned the captaincy and retired from Test cricket.
Marcus North and Shane Watson - usually more famous for their batting - also became the first new entrant’s to the new Neutral Honours Board, both taking unlikely five wicket hauls.
England sweep aside Pakistan
In a game shrouded in controversy, England sealed a series victory over Pakistan imparting a thumping innings and 225 runs victory over the tourists.
Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad played one of the great English partnerships - and a world-record eighth wicket stand - taking England from 102-7 to 434-8. Broad made 169 - his first Test century - and Trott etching his name on the Honours Board for a second time in the summer.
England’s star spinner Graeme Swann also got his name up on the bowling Honours Board for the first time, taking five for 62 in a glorious second innings display.
Bell tames Somerset
The showpiece Lord’s final was played under lights for the first time with Warwickshire consigning Somerset to a third runners-up medal of the season, thanks largely to Ian Bell.
Bell, captaining Warwickshire on his return from injury, made a glorious 107 to guide his side to a three wicket win, an innings he described as amongst his finest.
Pakistan end on a high
In their third international visit to Lord’s of the summer, Pakistan finally emerged with a victory inspired by a fierce onslaught from Abdul Razzaq.
The former Middlesex all-rounder hammered 44 not out from just 20 balls, including five fours from the last five balls of the innings from the bowling of Tim Bresnan.
The Lord’s lights were once again in full-force, illuminating the Home of Cricket spectacularly as England stuttered and the deadly Umar Gul wrapped up a 38 run win.
More great cricket to come
As we wave goodbye to the 2010 cricket season at Lord's there is still more great cricket to come.
Next season at Lord's promises to be just as exciting as the last. Once again Middlesex will be playing a raft of thrilling Twenty20 matches at Lord's.
England will be back too, with Sri Lanka and India the touring sides in 2011 - bringing with them some of the biggest names in cricket: Sachin Tendulkar, Dilshan Tillakaratne, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and many more.
As ever Lords.org will be the place to keep up with all the news, action, ticket and fixture news direct from the Home of Cricket.