KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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Lord's witnessed its first sell out crowd for a domestic t20 match in nine years on Thursday 25 July when Middlesex hosted Surrey in a Friends Life t20 group fixture.
A crowd of around 27,000 watched the 'London Derby' in glorious evening sunshine - which was comfortably won by the Brown Caps.
The previous sell out t20 crowd at the Ground for a non-international game was in 2004; the first t20 between the same two London counties.
Unfortunately for Middlesex it was a disappointing night on the field as the Panthers ended up being easily beaten by 86 runs.
Surrey's Kevin O'Brien hit 54 from just 24 deliveries as the Brown Caps posted a respectable 178/7 batting first. Ricky Ponting watched from the sidelines, as the former Australia captain was not fit to play due to a groin problem.
Middlesex slumped to 92 all out in response, despite some lusty blows from Paul Stirling, who at one point hit the ball out of the Ground.
The Irishman hit Chris Tremlett for six, with the ball bouncing on the top of the Mound Stand before disappearing onto St John's Wood Road.
It was a rare highlight for the home side as they failed to make any real inroads into Surrey's total and will now struggle to make the quarter-finals of the competition.
The game was the last t20 match for Middlesex at Lord's in 2013.