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Hertfordshire County Cricket Club celebrates Lord's bicentenary

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Image caption Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord's Cricket Ground, played Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814

Hertfordshire County Cricket Club is due to play at Lords Cricket Ground to commemorate the first match staged there 200 years ago.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns the ground, played Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814 at the north London venue.

The two clubs will meet again on Sunday to celebrate the bicentenary, when former West Indies batsman Brian Lara will turn out for MCC.

Lara said he was looking forward to it.

"The atmosphere [there] is special," he said.

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Image caption Former West Indies Captain Brian Lara will turn out for MCC in the fixture to celebrate Lord's bicentenary year

Harpenden spin bowler Ben Frazer said it was a "privilege for all of us to be involved in a historical day like this".

He will be attempting to dismiss Lara in the 40-over match and said he would bowl as he would to any other batsman.

"I'm praying he either misses it or one of my fielders in St John's Wood High Street is ready for it," he said.

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The MCC is also letting the public see behind the scenes and enjoy a day of activities.

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Media captionLord's ready for 200th anniversary

It is allowing about 500 visitors into the Lord's Pavilion, which is normally the reserve of MCC members.

For the first time since 1987, supporters can watch the match between the perimeter fence and the boundary rope on the grandstand side.

"Lord's is a wonderful ground and we want to share it with as many people as possible," said president Mike Griffith.

"By throwing open our doors, we hope to bring [its] delights to many people who have never visited the ground before."

The match starts at 14:00 BST with the gates opening at midday.

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