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World Cup 2019 - 500 Days to go

World Cup 2019 - 500 Days to go

The countdown to the ICC Cricket World Cup returning to Lord’s for the first time in 20 years has begun and tournament organisers have today announced the ticket timeline for the year ahead.

Next year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams across 48 matches between 30 May and 14 July, will be the fourth time England & Wales have hosted the global event. 

To reward the hard work that goes into running the game across England & Wales, anyone in the cricket family will get priority access to the ticket ballot on 1 May. There will then be a public ballot in July. Ticket prices and the full match schedule will be announced at the end of March.

Whether its players, coaches, umpires or fans, this will be their chance to beat the rush and book their seats early. The full match schedule and ticket prices will be announced at the end of March.

You can register below to make sure you get the latest ticket news delivered direct to your inbox.

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In the meantime, to commemorate the milestone, we look back at the last time Lord’s hosted a World Cup match. 

The first three Cricket World Cups were held in England & Wales, before it returned in 1999 for the 7th edition, which Australia won by defeating Pakistan in the Final at Lord's.

On the pitch in 1999, Australia were just starting to assert their dominance on the one-day international game, claiming the first of their hat-trick of World Cup successes, but it wasn't without drama, namely that Semi-Final against South Africa.

Lord’s hosted three fixtures at the World Cup in 1999, so we decided to turn the clocks back 19 years to that summer and re-live the games that took place at the Home of Cricket...

England v Sri Lanka (14 May 1999) - England won by 8 wickets

The Cricket World Cup in 1999 kicked off with a clash between hosts England and 1996 winner’s, Sri Lanka, at Lord’s.

It was the perfect start for England, as they got their campaign underway with a comfortable 8-wicket win.

The hosts bowled out Sri Lanka for just 204, with Alan Mullally claiming the best figures with 4/37 from 10 overs. Romesh Kaluwitharana top-scored for Sri Lanka with 57 off 66 balls.

England chased down the total with ease, captain Alec Stewart (88) and Graeme Hick (73*) showing their class to lead the hosts to an eight-wicket victory on the opening day.

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Australia v Zimbabwe (9 June 1999) - Australia won by 44 runs 

Zimbabwe threatened to pull off a huge shock against Australia at Lord’s, but fell just short in the Super Six clash.

Australia were put into bat, and Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell must have been ruing his decision as he watched the Aussies rack up a score of 304/4.

The Waugh brothers were thorns in Zimbabwe’s side, with opener Mark scoring 104 and captain Steve hitting 62 as Australia scored at more than a run a ball.

Zimbabwe opener Neil Johnson – was who named man of the match – hit an exceptional 132* and shared a partnership of 114 with Murray Goodwin (47) to put his side in a good position. However, they couldn’t keep up the pace in the last 15 overs and Australia survived a scare to come out winners.

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Australia v Pakistan (20 June 1999) - Australia won by 8 wickets and lifted the World Cup 

Australia claimed their second Cricket World Cup title by thrashing Pakistan in a one-sided Final at the Home of Cricket.

Shane Warne was at his sublime best, claiming four wickets for the second game running, as Australia bowled Pakistan out for just 132 in 39 overs. Glenn McGrath and Tom Moody also got in on the act, claiming a brace apiece, as only Ijaz Ahmed managed to pass 20 with the bat for Pakistan.

The Aussies didn’t hang around with their chase, Adam Gilchrist in typical free-flowing style hitting 54 off just 36 balls.

With 29.5 overs and eight wickets to spare, Darren Lehmann hit the winning boundary to hand Australia a famous triumph, the first of an eventual hat-trick of consecutive World Cup triumphs.

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