KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Lords.org gives cricket fans five reasons to join us at the Home of Cricket for the Warwickshire v Hampshire CB40 Final on Saturday 15 September.
In 2012 T20 champions Hampshire and newly crowned LV= County Champions Warwickshire, this year's CB40 final can rightly claim to be a face-off between the two top sides in the country.
Both sides possess a strong mix of experience and youth, with a smattering of international talent thrown in for good measure.
Big names on either side include Ian Bell - Warwickshire's star man in their 2010 victory - his possible England teammate this winter Michael Carberry, prized all-rounder Chris Woakes and T20 World Cup bound spinner Danny Briggs.
The likes of big-hitting Dimitri Mascarenhas, Sean Ervine and Neil Carter meanwhile are among those with match-winning experience in the shorter-format.
As in 2011, Lord's is hosting a special family orientated day for the CB40 Final. Take advantage of tickets priced at just £5 for under 16s and treat the family to a day out at the Home of Cricket.
As well as the action on the field, there will be attractions including fairground stalls, a picnic area, a speed bowling challenge, face painting, balloon modeling and a performance from the largest dance troupe ever to feature at Lord's, with over 900 children from all 18 first-class counties entertaining the crowd!
A piece of history
Lord's will politely raise its bat to the Pavilion and acknowledge the applause of the crowd as it brings up a half-century of years since the first limited overs final took place at the Home of Cricket, back in 1963.
Whisper it, but after the second wettest summer on record, and the wettest since Lord's held its first neutral Test match way back in 1912, there is a good chance the current good weather will last into mid-September.
After what has been an iconic sporting summer in London, celebrate in the sun† and say goodbye to the cricket season for another year.
It's the last match at the Home of Cricket in 2012 - that's right, no more cricket at Lord's until 2013. Think about the long, cold winter ahead: the biting cold, dark nights, endless drizzle...