Lord's ready for CB40 showpiece
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A fun-filled day is in prospect as Lord’s prepares to host the domestic season-finale for the 50th year in succession.
Tickets – priced from £40 for adults and just £5 for under-16s - are available for the Clydesdale Bank 40 final between Hampshire and Warwickshire on September 15, and spectators will be able to get involved with a host of additional activities away from the on-field action.
The Nursery Ground will feature attractions such as face painting, fairground stalls and balloon modelling, while the Lord’s outfield will be transformed into a dance-floor during the interval between innings.
In partnership with the Pro-Excel “Move It” project, over 500 students from schools across the country will perform a specially choreographed dance routine, in the largest ever mass movement dance event to take place at the home of cricket.
MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said: “MCC is delighted to once again host the CB40 final.
“We always want to stage the biggest and best matches at Lord’s, and we are very pleased to continue our long association with the end of season county tournament for a 50th consecutive year.
“A Lord’s final is always a memorable occasion for county members and represents a career highlight for players. Every summer the fixture brings together the strongest county teams and the best players, for the climax of the season, and during an outstanding summer of sport, 2012 will be no exception.
“Alongside the cricket, the Nursery Ground will once again be transformed into a traditional summer fete, and at just £5 for under-16s, the whole day is exceptionally good value for money.”
Both teams are understandably excited by the prospect of finishing the campaign in style with a trophy.
Hampshire have already tasted glory this summer in the Friends Life t20 and skipper Jimmy Adams said: “To be in two finals in one season is a pretty special feeling, but especially so when one of them is at Lord’s.
“Having already won the Friends Life t20 this season, we’ll be attempting to do the double and we are certainly hoping as many Royals fans as possible will come up to support us and cheer us across the line.”
Warwickshire claimed the CB40 title just two years ago, with victory over Somerset.
Bears captain Jim Troughton added: “A final at Lord’s is a great occasion, which all members of the squad will relish.
“Despite beating Somerset in the CB40 final in 2010, four of us were also part of the team that lost to Hampshire at the Lord’s final in 2005, so we’ve certainly got revenge in mind. We hope that as many Bears fans as possible can make the journey down to support us.”