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MCC to mark 200 years at Lord's in style

MCC will take on the rest of the world in two matches as the club celebrates the bicentenary of Lord's next year.

MCC will play the rest of the world in a 50-overs match. It reflects the celebrations for the club's bicentenary in 1987 when Mike Gatting - who will serve as MCC president next year - captained the club and scored 179, thus securing a place on the honours boards. The date of the contest will be announced by the ECB as part of next year's programme of major matches.

Later in the season, in a match of significant firsts, MCC women will take on rest of the world women. It will be the first time an MCC women's side has played on the main ground at Lord's, and the first time a rest of the world women's side has played anywhere.

In 1814, the first match MCC played at its new ground was against Hertfordshire. On Sunday 22 June 2014 - exactly 200 years to the day - the two clubs will meet again. In celebration, MCC will throw open its doors to local people and invite them in to see behind the scenes and partake in a range of activities at Lord's.

Middlesex also celebrates a significant anniversary - of 150 years since its establishment - in 2014, and a president of MCC's XI will take on a president of Middlesex's XI in a Twenty20 match next year.

In October 2014 MCC plans another first for the ground. Subject to the club receiving planning permission, a marquee to accommodate more than 600 people will be erected on the main ground and linked to the pavilion via the concourse. It will stage banquets, balls, and lunches for both MCC members and members of the public, and a tea party for local children.

MCC president Mike Griffith said: "Lord's is a wonderful ground and we want to share it with as many people as possible on the occasion of its 200th birthday.

"The club has put together a programme of diverse and unique cricketing and social events which I hope will appeal to members and non-members, cricket-lovers and those new to the game.

“We may be commemorating the past, but there is so much new to celebrate too - it's a great step forward for Lord's to host the first ever MCC v rest of the world women's match, and by throwing open our doors on 22nd June we hope to bring the delights of Lord's to many people who have never visited the ground before."

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