Lord's To Host CB40 Final, Abu Dhabi County Opener
The 2011 Clydesdale Bank 40 final will be held at Lord's on 17th September while the season-opening match between county champions Nottinghamshire and the MCC will again be held in Abu Dhabi - from the 27th to 30th March.
It will be the 49th consecutive year that county cricket’s end-of-season limited overs final has been played at Lord’s; Warwickshire defeated Somerset by three wickets in a thrilling match earlier this year.
Lord's will also host a Test against Sri Lanka and a One-Day International against India next year.
The decision to play the Nottinghamshire-MCC match at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium was approved at an MCC Committee meeting and following the meeting, 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’re pleased to continue our long association with the end of season county tournament.
“A Lord’s final is a memorable occasion for county members and a career highlight for players. That was the case for me when I played for Essex at Lord’s and it remains so today – anyone who saw this year’s final will have seen what it meant to Ian Bell, an experienced international cricketer, to win the cup for his county with a magnificent century. We hope to see similar heroics at Lord’s next season.
“MCC is also pleased to be returning to Abu Dhabi for the Champion County match. It is an excellent ground for competitive first-class cricket and, played in good weather, will be ideal preparation for the players ahead of an English season.
The fixture also provides a perfect platform for us to use as valuable research and development for the world game.”
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