Hertfordshire’s cricketers came up against West Indies legend Brian Lara in the Lord’s Bicentenary Match at the home of cricket on Sunday.
In a 200th birthday celebration for the historic cricket ground, the MCC team won by seven wickets.
The match was a recreation of the first game ever to be played at Lord’s, way back on June 22 1814.
The highlight for a crowd estimated in the region of 10,000 was a sublime innings from the great Lara, who stroked a half-century in 32 balls.
For Hertfordshire, there was a fine half-century from all-rounder Jamie Southgate and a wonderful opening spell of bowling by Will Jones.
“It was such a special day and a truly great experience. You couldn’t ask for anything better,” said the Herts captain, Nesan Jeyaratnam, the North Mymms batsman. “We a very fortunate to be playing at a time when an occasion like this comes along.
“Coming into the ground, seeing all the people there, it made it seem like a Test match and made you feel a bit of a celebrity to be honest,” he added.
“Then doing our warm up on the outfield in front of the crowd on the grass was wonderful.”
After Lara was out, former South Africa and Durham batsman Dale Benkenstein applied the finishing touches to the game, which left everyone involved with a host of memories.
“You can never forget a day like that,”Jeyaratnam said. “They looked after us so, so well and it was a wonderful occasion.
“We would just like to thank each everyone who came along for their support. It was fantastic.”
One lucky youngster who was amongst the bumper crowd was Mikey Herbert (pictured) from Berkhamsted.
He, along with his dad Adrian, were allowed to go into the pavilion and also on the pitch in-between the two innings.