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Down in the Lord's cellars

Down in the Lord's cellars

Food and drink plays a big role in any major match at the Home of Cricket but it wouldn't be possible if not for the hard work of the MCC cellar team.

The team are are awake before 4am to get in for 5am when the sandwiches, soft drinks, and alcohol arrive at the Grace Gates - then its all systems go.

"A major match day at Lord's involves the running of all bars, 29 of them," MCC Cellar Manager James Law told Lord's TV.

"A typical day here at Lord's... obviously it might depend on whose here the Aussies will drink more than the Kiwis, but I'd say we sell roughly 50 to 60,000 pints a day."

The men in the cellars

The partnership with Veuve Clicquot champagne means that Law's team look after all 12,000 bottles that are drunk during the two Investec Tests and one NatWest ODI in 2013, keeping them cool and ready for thirsty cricket fans.

MCC Assistant Secretary and head of Marketing and Catering, Jon Robinson noted that the cellar team's doesn't end with the close of play.

"They'll receive a delivery tonight at about 8pm after the One-day international," he said.

But the hard work is essential to ensure spectators make the most of their day out at Lord's.

Robinson added: "Eating and drinking in cricket is an important part of the day, people like to enjoy themselves when they come to Lord's and the Cellar guys are an integral part of that."

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