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Cricket player denied a six by hitting a seagull

Middlesex batsman Ryan Higgins might have feared a duck when he came to the crease against Sussex, but he can't have predicted a seagull would cause him problems.

When he connected with a shot in the Twenty20 clash at Hove on Friday, everyone thought it would fly for six.

But it struck a seagull instead and landed just yards away on the ground. The seagull was, apparently, unharmed and the batsmen made just two runs.

'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.

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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.

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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Lord's hosts launch of Disability Cricket Championships

Lord's cricket ground is hosting the launch of the Disability Cricket Championships today. The event is aimed at getting more than 600 disabled Londoners to take part in the sport.

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Speaking to ITV News, Former England cricketer, Ebony Rainford-Brent said:

"The aim is to give more competitive opportunities for disabled people. At the moment, particularly with cricket there are one-off festivals here and there, but we want to really create competitive opportunities regularly throughout the year."

If you want to get involved contact Lord's Taverners on 020 7821 2828, or email contact@lordstaverners.org

Become the new 'Voice of Lord's'

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Want to become the 'Voice of Lord's'? Apply to become the new PA announcer at the Home of Cricket: http://t.co/iQeQR3Fl97

ITV London has been to speak to Johnny Dennis, the current 'Voice of Lord's', about the search for his successor and his memories of more than 30 years working at the Home of Cricket.

See Luke Hanrahan's report at 5.50pm on ITV.

Cricket stars embark on five-day charity bike ride

Ashes legend Andrew Flintoff will join riders on the third leg of the trip Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A host of cricket stars are due to embark on a 441-mile charity bike ride from Durham to Lord's today.

Riders will set off from Emirates ICG this morning and take in a number of England's cricket grounds during their five-day journey, including Chester-le-Street, Headingley, Old Trafford and Trent Bridge.

They're aiming to raise £200,000 for the Tom Maynard Trust and PCA Benevolent Fund.

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