This cover commemorates the 200th anniversary of the annual Eton College v Harrow School cricket match at Lord's.
Issued in conjunction with the MCC the design uses Albert Ludovici's painting of the match circa 1889. At that time it was part of the 'London Summer Season'. A time for Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen to be seen in good company and fine clothes. The mint 1973 WG Grace stamp plus a modern 1st class have been cancelled on 18 June 2005. The day of the bi-centenary match. The cancel has been specially commissioned by the MCC.
The first match in 1805 saw Lord Byron take the field amongst other illustrious names from two of England's most famous schools.