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Oris signs landmark Lord’s partnership

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has signed up Swiss watchmaker Oris as the first official timekeeper of Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The three-year deal will see the Oris brand appear on the clocktower that sits on the Mound Stand under the iconic Father Time weathervane, which was first installed in 1926 and is now one of the most familiar landmarks in world cricket. Oris will also be seen on the London ground’s scoreboard.

Oris watches will be awarded to cricketers whose names are added to the famous Lord’s Honours Boards. Players receive this honour if they score a century or take five wickets in an innings or 10 wickets in a match, across all international Tests and limited overs matches played at the ground.

Guy Lavender, MCC chief executive and secretary, said: “This is the first time in our more than 230-year history that MCC has welcomed an official timekeeper to Lord’s Cricket Ground. This is a historic partnership for the club and the ground, and we look forward to recording great moments in time together with Oris.”

Rolf Studer, Oris co-CEO, added: “For cricket fans around the world, Lord’s is hallowed ground and the undisputed Home of Cricket. Lord’s brings people together and makes people smile, which is hugely important to us.

“So we’re thrilled to be partnering with MCC, which shares Oris’s values of excellence, forward-thinking tradition and doing the right thing. Like Oris, MCC is aligned with the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“MCC has been at the heart of the movement to grow the great game of cricket in the UK and globally for more than 230 years. We’re excited to see the Oris name associated with MCC and Lord’s and look forward to timing cricketing history this summer and beyond.”

The Oris deal comes after Freemans Event Partners last month built on an initial trial period to secure a long-term partnership with the MCC to deliver a range of event solutions at Lord’s.

The new multi-year contract follows the successful trial period held during 2021 and will see Freemans manage a major part of the public catering offering and all payment solutions at the venue.

By growing the breadth and diversity of the public food and beverage offering, Freemans will seek to support Lord’s in enhancing the customer experience, broadening the public catering footprint on multiple levels across the whole site.