Lara at Lords for bicentenary game

West Indies cricketing legend, Brian Lara, is set to play at Lord's this weekend, as part of celebrations marking the grounds' 200 year anniversary.

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'Unique' Anniversary Day celebrations at Lord's

For the first time since 1987, spectators will be allowed to watch the match from the outfield in front of the Grand Stand.

Entry requirements for the Ground's Victorian Pavilion - usually reserved for MCC Members - will also be relaxed, with 500 tickets for general members of the public.

Former England internationals John Emburey, Paul Nixon, Matthew Maynard and Dean Headley will be giving masterclass sessions in the MCC Academy during the afternoon.

And bat-makers Hunts County will be hosting a bat and ball making workshop on the Nursery Ground, where spectators will be able to try their hand at putting together their own cricket bats and balls.

MCC 'delighted' to welcome Lara

MCC Head of Cricket and captain for the match, John Stephenson, said:

We're delighted that Brian is going to be playing in this match, and it will be a special treat for all those attending to see him bat again. It is fitting that the 200th anniversary of a ground steeped in so much cricket history is going to be graced by one of the greatest batsman to ever play the game. Brian's inclusion adds to what is already going to be a very exciting day with so much entertainment on and off the field, and it would be great to see as many people as possible coming to celebrate the bicentenary of the Home of Cricket.

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Lord's to recreate first match

The MCC moved to its current grounds in 1814. Credit: REUTERS/Philip Brown

MCC v Hertfordshire was the first ever match played at the current Lord's Ground on June 22nd 1814.

The Marylebone Cricket Club had previously been based in the Eyre Estate of St John's Wood, but decided to move after plans emerged for the Regent's Canal to be built straight through it.

Lara: I've missed playing here

Brian Lara retired from international cricket in 2007 and says that he's missed playing at Lord's.

"It's always a very nerve racking thing, walking down the staircase throughout the old members making your way into the middle. I've enjoyed playing here it's always been very special...something I've cherished and missed."

Lara at Lords for bicentenary game

Former West Indies batsman Brian Lara will play at Lord's this weekend. Credit: ITN

West Indies cricketing legend, Brian Lara, is set to play at Lord's this weekend, as part of celebrations marking the grounds' 200 year anniversary.

The batsman will turn out for the Marylebone Cricket Club on Sunday, as they take on Hertfordshire in a unique fixture in Lord's bicentenary year.

He will also play in the MCC v Rest of the World fixture on Saturday 5th July, alongside the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne.

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