KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Reigning champions Durham take on 2009 winners Cardiff in the final of the MCC Universities Challenge competition at Lord’s on Monday 27 June.
Durham, who secured an emphatic win over Loughborough in the 2010 final, finished second by a single point to Cardiff in this year’s Championship table.
They beat Cardiff when the two sides met earlier in the competition though and the match looks evenly balanced.
Meanwhile, the Nursery Ground will host the British Universities and Colleges Sport Women’s final between Loughborough University and Leeds Metropolitan University.
Entry to the Home of Cricket is £5 for under-16s and over-65s and £10 for adults to witness dramatic action from future stars of the men's and women’s game.
The MCCU Challenge final is one of the most fiercely contested matches of the summer at Lord’s.
Both sides have fought off the challenge from the four other MCCU sides (Leeds/Bradford, Loughborough, Cambridge and Oxford) over a five match, round-robin campaign, with the league matches taking place over two days.
The starting XIs will include a number of players who have already spent time playing county cricket.
Monday’s contest will feature Leicestershire CCC team-mates Greg Smith and Will Jones who, on this occasion, will be in opposing dressing rooms as they represent Durham and Cardiff respectively.
Smith, who finished top of the 2010 first class batting averages, in particular will be hoping to follow-up on an excellent 97 in the final against Loughborough last summer, with three figures this time around.
Durham and Cardiff MCCUs will warm with some Twenty20 practice at the annual MCC Universities T20 tournament in Loughborough on the 24 and 25 June.
A strong Durham II side won the competition last summer, but without any county teams taking part in the event this weekend, all six MCCUs will be looking to finish the season with a bang in the shortest format of the game.