Lord’s will play host to its first ever fixture on a hybrid pitch today as MCC play a Club Cricket Conference XI.
The partly synthetic pitch was installed in early April, and will predominantly be used for practice and minor matches.
More than 90 percent of the pitch remains as grass, but it also features loops of plastic yarn which are woven into the ground using a laser-guided stitching machine, helping to bind the grass roots together.
It was initially set for its debut in the MCC versus MCC Young Cricketers match in May, but the fixture was washed out without a ball being bowled.
John Stephenson, MCC Assistant Secretary (Cricket) said: “MCC have long been at the forefront of innovation in cricket and hybrid pitches, although popular in other sports, are a rarity in cricket but can help ease congestion on busy squares, like Lord’s.
“It is great that we can finally host our first game on the pitch and we look forward to seeing how it plays.”
The Club Cricket Conference XI will feature some of the best players from the many clubs and leagues that the CCC represents, and the match is due to begin at 10.30am.