The first ever Twenty20 Cup match to be played at Lord's on Thursday will be a record breaking sell out.
The debut of Twenty20 cricket at Lord's on Thursday has attracted what is set to be the biggest crowd for a county match other than a domestic final for more than 50 years.
Over 21,000 tickets have been sold. The last county match at Lord's - apart from a one-day final - to attract so many paying spectators took place when the same counties, Middlesex and Surrey, met in early August 1953.
As next week's match is also expected to be well-attended by MCC and Middlesex members, Lord's is likely to break the previous Twenty20 attendance record (14,862) - set last season, when Lancashire Lightning played Yorkshire Phoenix - by more than 60 per cent.
Roger Knight, MCC's Secretary & Chief Executive, said: "This is great news for cricket. At Lord's, we are all looking forward to staging our first Twenty20 match in front of a record-breaking crowd."
"Today's figures show both the attractiveness of the Twenty20 format and the effectiveness of the marketing campaign which MCC and Middlesex CCC have implemented for this match."
Promotions have been run in conjunction with a wide range of local and national media outlets - including Classic FM, the Ham&High group and The Voice newspaper.
Any returned tickets will be sold on-the-day from 3.30pm - on a cash-only basis - from the North Gate ticket sales points, of Wellington Road.
The gates to Lord's will open at 3.30pm, and spectators are encouraged to arrive at the Ground as early as possible. Play is scheduled to begin at 5.30pm.