KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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The London Derby between Middlesex and Surrey at Lord's in the Friends Life Twenty20 competition on Thursday 25 July will see Australia legend Ricky Ponting's final Lord's appearance.
The 38-year-old former Australia captain is currently contracted with Surrey till the end of the season, but has announced that he will retire from all cricket later this year.
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Ponting played four Test matches at the Home of Cricket - three against England and one against Pakistan - in a career which saw him score 13,378 runs in 168 Tests.
Speaking in 2009, the Tasmanian said: "This [Lord's] is one of the great places in the world to play Test cricket."
He never managed to get his name on the famous Lord's Honours Board, but did hit 111 for the Aussies in an ODI victory over England in 2005 - his only ever century at the Ground for his country.
There will be no sentiment from Middlesex’s players and supporters towards the outgoing Australia legend though, as the Panthers continue to chase a place in the FLt20 quarter-finals.
After several years of suffering in the shortest format of the game, the presence of overseas duo Kyle Mills and Adam Voges, as well as the fabulous form of the tournament’s leading run scorer Dawid Malan, has reinvigorated their t20 cricket.
But Surrey are chasing hot on their heals, and a victory for the south London-based side would keep them firmly in the knock-out chase.
In Jade Dernbach they possess an in-form one-day specialist who has taken 11 wickets at 11.27 with an economy rate of just 5.20.