KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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After 141 days and 128 fixtures, this Saturday (21st September), Glamorgan will line up against Notts Outlaws at Lord’s for the final showdown in the 2013 Yorkshire Bank 40 competition.
The contest promises to provide a fitting climax to the end of the English summer – with both counties making their first appearance in a Lord’s one-day final for over a decade.
It will be the fifty-first consecutive year that county cricket’s end-of-season limited overs final has been played at Lord’s, which represents the culmination of the domestic English summer. Last year after 480 balls both Hampshire Royals and Warwickshire Bears had scored 244 runs, with Jimmy Adams’ Hampshire side ultimately claiming the silverware by virtue of the fact that they had lost fewer wickets during their innings.
Speaking about qualifying for the final in 2013, Notts Outlaws captain, Chris Read, said:
“It’s a dream come true to be at Lord’s for a final. In my time at Notts a white ball trophy has eluded us, but I think over the last few years we’ve been improving in this form of the game. I’m so proud of the two Championships which I have won with Nottinghamshire – they’re probably the highlights of my career. I’ve now got an opportunity to try and put us on the one-day map and win a trophy, so this final is absolutely huge.”
Marketed as the “Lord’s Summer Finale”, in addition to the cricket MCC are offering a full range of fun activities for spectators to get involved with. The Nursery Ground will feature attractions including face painting, fairground stalls, a picnic area and balloon modeling, while over in the MCC Cricket Academy, MCC coaches will be delivering a series of free 30-minute taster sessions for cricketers of all ages and abilities to participate in throughout the match.
Speaking about the day, MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said:
“MCC is delighted to once again host the YB40 Final. In a summer which has already produced a plethora of superb cricket at Lord’s, I’m certain that this contest will present a wonderful culmination to an exciting season at the Home of Cricket.
“I’m especially looking forward to welcoming back Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire, who have both reached the coveted county one-day final for the first time in over a decade. In particular it will be exciting to watch former MCC Young Cricketer Alex Hales playing for Notts Outlaws, and with England duo Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad also included in Chris Read’s squad, the standard promises to be of the highest quality.
“Alongside the cricket, the Nursery Ground will once again be transformed into a traditional summer fete, and the MCC Cricket Academy is opening its doors to offer a series of taster sessions for cricketers of all ages and abilities to get involved with. At just £5 for under 16s and from £25 for adults, the whole day is exceptionally good value for money.”
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Notes to editors:
County cricket’s showpiece one-day final first took place at Lord’s in 1963. The Gillette Cup, as it was then known, was played over 60 overs; Sussex were the inaugural winners. Yorkshire Bank took over the sponsorship of the competition in 2013, and the format is currently 40 overs per side.
Tickets cost from £25 for adults and are just £5 for under 16s.
Gates open at 9.45am, match starts at 11.30am.
In addition to the YB40 Final on the Main Ground, entertainment available on the Nursery Ground to include:
The MCC Cricket Academy will also be running an open day throughout the final, with a selection of 30-minute introductory sessions being delivered at the times outlined below:
*These sessions are not for beginners and are only available for adults and children 11 years and over.
To register for a free taster session please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7616 8612.
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