Nottinghamshire and Surrey are a victory away from making history at Lord’s after progressing to the final of the Royal London One-Day Cup.
The two teams overcame Essex and Worcestershire respectively over the weekend and will battle it out in the tournament’s conclusion on Saturday 1 July at the Home of Cricket.
Samit Patel, who will feature for MCC in the historic fixture against Afghanistan next month, hit an unbeaten 122 to help Nottinghamshire chase down an English 50-over record target of 371 against Essex at Chelmsford on Friday.
Centuries from former England captain Alastair Cook and Ryan ten Doeschate seemed to put the hosts in control, but Patel’s efforts, backed by Steven Mullaney’s knock of 111, sealed Notts’ progress to Lord’s.
Surrey, winners of the CB40 in 2011, reached their third consecutive Royal London One-Day Cup final after they beat Worcestershire by 153 runs at New Road on Saturday.
Fresh from England duty, Jason Roy scored 92 with Kumar Sangakkara – another representative for MCC against Afghanistan – hitting 73 as the visitors set an impressive total of 363.
In reply, England spinner Gareth Batty took five wickets for just 40 runs against his former county to restrict Worcestershire to 210 all out and give Surrey the opportunity to overcome the heartbreak of 2015 and 2016, where they finished as runners-up in the competition.
Tickets for the final are available to buy online now, with prices starting at £20 for adults and £5 for under 16s.