Almacantar’s plan hit for six

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has bowled over UK developer Almacantar’s plans for a top-end, £400m residential development near Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, and will fund the project itself.

MCC said the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to award the club a string of major matches for the period 2013-16 had given its committee the “confidence to fund a redevelopment scheme on the club’s freehold land, on its own.”

Lords Cricket Ground is commonly known as the spiritual home of the game.