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The Duke of Edinburgh opens a new stand at Lord’s Cricket ground

Lord's Cricket Ground.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Honorary Life Member of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) visits Lord’s Cricket Ground to open the new Warner Stand.


The Duke of Edinburgh has a very long association and connection with the game called “Cricket”. He is officially involved with over 20 cricketing institutions/academies worldwide. His Royal Highness was warmly greeted by representatives from the Cricketing world, including former England international player Mike Gatting.

Originally built in the year 1958, the new Warner stand is named after celebrated former England captain Sir Pelham Warner.
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Upon arrival at Lord’s Cricket Ground, His Royal Highness met representatives of the MCC. Along with them were engineers and members of the construction team who were involved in creating the new stand.
The Duke then visited the outfield which was covered with thick green grass. He also took out time to meet architects and descendants of Sir Pelham Warner, before officially opening the new stand.

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Prince Philip was himself a great follower of the game commonly called as “Gentleman’s Game”

In the year 1949, Philip was crowned as the MCC president. He famously led a victorious English invitation XI against Hampshire, piloting his own helicopter all the way from Balmoral to Bournemouth.
Coming on just before lunch-time, the toff’s teasing line and length claimed a wicket to break a century stand.

Lord's Cricket Ground
Prince Philip was a team player and a great addition to his team. He was an all-rounder.

He acquired “the perfect action” according to no less a judge and one of  the greatest cricket batsman Don Bradman. A dozen remarkable runs made for a cracking cameo, putting trenchant Telegraph correspondent EW Swanton in raptures: “Strokes of a pedigree not normally seen on English pitches.”

 


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