Lord's Cricket Ground
1814
Thomas Lord
30000
Yes, 2009
Pavilion End, Nursery End
Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Lacrosse, Hockey, Archery (2012 Olympics)
Mick Hunt
12:28, Mon Feb 26, 2024 (UTC +0000)
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Records and statistics

England v Australia - Jul 21-23, 1884 Scorecard
England v Australia - Jun 28-Jul 2, 2023 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v Australia - Aug 26, 1972 Scorecard
England v New Zealand - Sep 15, 2023 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v Netherlands - Jun 5, 2009 Scorecard
Nepal v Netherlands - Jul 29, 2018 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
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Profile

Despite a major rebuilding programme in recent years, Lord's remains a cricket ground as opposed to the largely impersonal stadiums many other leading venues which have become. Playing in a Test at Lord's, still widely regarded as the home of cricket, remains to many cricketers the pinnacle of a career.

The third of Thomas Lord's grounds was opened in 1814 and soon became the major venue as cricket became the world's leading sport in the 19th century. While cricket has been overtaken by other international events, and the game itself has become overtly commercial, Lord's has retained its place as the spiritual home.

The ground is privately owned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (membership 18,000), is the home to the ECB and, from 1909 to 2005, the ICC.

The dominant building is the terracotta-coloured pavilion, built in 1890 and still one of world sport's most recognisable structures. Going round the ground in a clockwise direction, next to the pavilion is the Warner Stand, opened in 1958 and named after the eminent player and administrator Sir Pelham "Plum" Warner.

The main grandstand was built in 1997 and replaced the architecturally unique structure designed by Sir Herbert Baker which was opened in time for the 1926 Ashes Test. Baker presented MCC with Father Time, the weathervane which topped his creation until it was moved to the other side of the ground in 1996.

The far end - the Nursery - is enclosed by the Compton and Edrich Stands, a pair of low-level two-tier stands built in 1990 which are remarkably similar to those they replaced (which were known as the Free Seats on account of them being available to those who had paid the basic ground admission - entry to other areas required extra payment). Legend has it that Gubby Allen, MCC's long-time self-appointed guardian, steadfastly refused to allow any larger structure as it would have blocked the view of the Nursery and the tree-lined park on the other side of the Wellington Road.

The Nursery itself is named after Henderson's agricultural nursery which was acquired in 1887 (not, as widely believed, because it is home to the MCC Young Cricketers, hence the nursery for the game's next generation). It houses a second pitch which is used for end-of-season Cross Arrows matches as well as the women's Varsity match. The award-winning Mound Stand, was opened in 1987. Its predecessor , constructed in 1898, was on the site of the old tennis courts and at one time contained a bakery with a small underground railway to take produce to various points of sale.

The Tavern (1967) is the least distinguished of the stands and typifies the bland functionality of the 1960s. Until the late 1980s spectators could stand on the concourse in front of the stand and watch proceedings, but increasing rowdyism ended that. The previous Tavern, an ivy-clad building, was much loved by patrons.

The final stand before returning the the pavilion is the Allen Stand (formerly the Q Stand), a rather diminutive in-fill which serves as a pavilion overflow on big-match days and Middlesex's club room at other times.
Martin Williamson

Notes

Lord's - A brief timeline

Travel
Tube St John's Wood Station (Jubilee) is a 500-yard walk - Baker Street (Jubilee/Metropolitan/Bakerloo/Hammersmith & City, Circle) is slightly further but is often less congested on major match days and offers more trains.
Train Paddington is about two miles away.
Car Parking very limited (members only) and on-street and underground parking expensive.
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Fixtures

2024
Fri Apr 5 - Mon Apr 8
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Glamorgan
Fri Apr 19 - Mon Apr 22
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Yorkshire
Fri May 3 - Mon May 6
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Leicestershire
Fri May 24 - Mon May 27
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Sussex
Fri May 31 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Kent
Thu Jun 6 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Sunrisers v South East Stars
Thu Jun 6 (20 ovs)          
18:15 local | 17:15 GMT
13:15 EDT | 12:15 CDT | 10:15 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Glamorgan
Tue Jun 11 (20 ovs)          
18:15 local | 17:15 GMT
13:15 EDT | 12:15 CDT | 10:15 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Somerset
Thu Jun 13 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Sunrisers v The Blaze
Thu Jun 13 (20 ovs)          
18:15 local | 17:15 GMT
13:15 EDT | 12:15 CDT | 10:15 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Essex
Thu Jun 20 (20 ovs)          
18:15 local | 17:15 GMT
13:15 EDT | 12:15 CDT | 10:15 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Middlesex v Surrey
Sun Jun 23 - Wed Jun 26
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Derbyshire
Wed Jul 10 - Sun Jul 14
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
ICC World Test Championship
1st Test - England v West Indies
Wed Jul 17 (20 ovs)          
18:00 local | 17:00 GMT
13:00 EDT | 12:00 CDT | 10:00 PDT
5th T20I - England Women v New Zealand Women
Sat Jul 27 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
London Spirit (Women) v Birmingham Phoenix (Women)
Sat Jul 27 (20 ovs)          
19:35 local | 18:35 GMT
14:35 EDT | 13:35 CDT | 11:35 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
London Spirit (Men) v Birmingham Phoenix (Men)
Thu Aug 1 (20 ovs)
12:30 local | 11:30 GMT
07:30 EDT | 06:30 CDT | 04:30 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
London Spirit (Women) v Welsh Fire (Women)
Thu Aug 1 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
London Spirit (Men) v Welsh Fire (Men)
Sun Aug 4 (20 ovs)
12:00 local | 11:00 GMT
07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
London Spirit (Women) v Oval Invincibles (Women)
Sun Aug 4 (20 ovs)          
15:30 local | 14:30 GMT
10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
London Spirit (Men) v Oval Invincibles (Men)
Fri Aug 9 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
London Spirit (Women) v Manchester Originals (Women)
Fri Aug 9 (20 ovs)          
19:30 local | 18:30 GMT
14:30 EDT | 13:30 CDT | 11:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
London Spirit (Men) v Manchester Originals (Men)
Sun Aug 18 (20 ovs)
15:15 local | 14:15 GMT
10:15 EDT | 09:15 CDT | 07:15 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Final - TBC v TBC
Sun Aug 18 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Final - TBC v TBC
Thu Aug 29 - Mon Sep 2
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
ICC World Test Championship
2nd Test - England v Sri Lanka
Mon Sep 9 - Thu Sep 12
County Championship Division Two
Middlesex v Gloucestershire
Fri Sep 27 (50 ovs)
4th ODI - England v Australia
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Danni Wyatt sweeps as Bess Heath looks on, Southern Brave vs Northern Superchargers, Women's Hundred final, Lord's, August 27, 2023
Danni Wyatt sweeps as Bess Heath looks on
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Steven Smith walks past a very green Lord's pitch three days out from the Ashes Test
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