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Yes, Installed for 2010 Season
Wantage Road End, Lynn Wilson Centre End
Northamptonshire
18:57, Tue Feb 27, 2024 (UTC +0000)
County Ground
 

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South Africa v Sri Lanka - May 19, 1999 Scorecard
Bangladesh v Pakistan - May 31, 1999 Scorecard
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After disputes with their previous landlords at the Racecourse Ground, Northamptonshire bought a ploughed field in 1885 for £2000 on which they built a sports ground - apart from cricket, there was a cycle track 650 yards long, and facilities for lawn tennis, athletics and bowls. From 1897, football was also played. In 1891 the county voted not to allow women to use the cricket pitch; 40 years later it staged the first women's Test between England and Australia.

Surrounded by red-brick terraced houses, this is a ground of character rather than beauty. The north end is known as the Football Ground end as it adjoins the playing ground of Northampton Town Football Club. A new pavilion was constructed in 1979, lying alongside its predecessor, and a stand housing an indoor school. the wicket traditonally favours batsman, no more so than when Percy Fender his a century in 35 minutes here in 1920. Colin Blythe, one of the best wet wicket bowlers, took all 10 Northants wickets in an innings here on his way to the astonishing figures of 17 for 48 in a single day's play in 1907.
Martin Williamson

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Fixtures

2024
Fri Apr 12 - Mon Apr 15
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Middlesex
Fri Apr 19 - Mon Apr 22
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
Fri May 10 - Mon May 13
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire
Fri May 17 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
2nd T20I - England Women v Pakistan Women
Fri May 24 - Mon May 27
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Yorkshire
Thu May 30 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Sun Jun 2 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
Sunrisers v Northern Diamonds
Sun Jun 2 (20 ovs)
15:30 local | 14:30 GMT
10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Yorkshire
Fri Jun 7 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
Fri Jun 21 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Sun Jun 30 - Wed Jul 3
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Sussex
Fri Jul 5 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Lancashire
Sun Jul 7 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Durham
Thu Jul 18 (20 ovs)          
18:45 local | 17:45 GMT
13:45 EDT | 12:45 CDT | 10:45 PDT
Vitality Blast
North Group - Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
Wed Jul 24 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Sun Aug 4 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
Wed Aug 7 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Northamptonshire v Somerset
Sun Aug 11 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group A - Northamptonshire v Lancashire
Mon Sep 9 - Thu Sep 12
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Tue Sep 17 - Fri Sep 20
County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
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