Fun for all the family as MCC marks the Home of Cricket’s bicentenary

To mark the bicentenary of Lord’s Cricket Ground, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will be hosting a fun-fuelled family day to celebrate the venue’s 200th anniversary on Sunday 22nd June.

The event sees the MCC take on Hertfordshire in a repeat of the first ever cricket match to take place at the ground in 1814. The game will feature a whole host of ex-international players including England’s John Stephenson and South Africa’s Dale Benkenstein, who will be turning out for the home side.

As well as hard-hitting action on the pitch, there will be plenty of entertainment off it too. Spectators can experience a taste of the summer with a festival of food, including wine and champagne tasting, afternoon tea in the quintessentially English Harris Garden and a Victorian style cocktail bar. There are also plenty of exciting attractions to keep the kids occupied such as face painting, bouncy castles and live music.

Former England internationals John Emburey, Paul Nixon, Matthew Maynard and Dean Headley will also be giving unique Masterclass coaching sessions in the MCC academy as they search for the cricket stars of the future.

Tickets for the day are priced at just £10 for adults, £5 for over 65s and £5 for under 16s. The first 500 spectators to purchase tickets will be granted access to the famous Pavilion and allowed to watch the match from seats usually reserved for MCC Members.

MCC President, Mike Gatting, said: “We’re extremely excited to mark the bicentenary of Lord’s with our anniversary day. There will be some thrilling action taking place on the field, as well as activities, workshops and performances happening off the pitch. It really promises to be a fantastic family day out with something for everyone”.

West Indies legend Brian Lara has recently been announced as playing in the MCC team too.

Tickets are available now from www.lords.org/anniversaryday or by calling 0207 432 1000.