Lord's Cricket Ground

Panoramic view of Lord's Cricket Ground
Ground information
Location St John's Wood
London, NW8
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°31′46″N 0°10′22″W / 51.5294°N 0.1727°W / 51.5294; -0.1727Coordinates: 51°31′46″N 0°10′22″W / 51.5294°N 0.1727°W / 51.5294; -0.1727
Establishment 1814
Capacity 28,000
Owner Marylebone Cricket Club
Tenants England and Wales Cricket Board
End names
Pavilion end
Nursery end
International information
First Test 21–23 July 1884:
 England v  Australia
Last Test 14–18 July 2016:
 England v  Pakistan
First ODI 26 August 1972:
 England v  Australia
Last ODI 27 August 2016:
 England v  Pakistan
First T20I 5 June 2009:
 England v  Netherlands
Last T20I 21 June 2009:
 Pakistan v  Sri Lanka
Team information
Marylebone Cricket Club (1814 – present)
Middlesex (1877 – present)
As of 27 August 2016
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Lord's, also known as Lord's Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in St John's Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and, until August 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC). Lord's is widely referred to as the "Home of Cricket"[1] and is home to the world's oldest sporting museum.[2]

Lord's today is not on its original site, being the third of three grounds that Lord established between 1787 and 1814. His first ground, now referred to as Lord's Old Ground, was where Dorset Square now stands. His second ground, Lord's Middle Ground, was used from 1811 to 1813 before being abandoned to make way for the construction through its outfield of the Regent's Canal. The present Lord's ground is about 250 yards (230 m) north-west of the site of the Middle Ground. The ground can hold 28,000 spectators. Proposals are being developed to increase capacity and amenity.[3] As of December 2013, it was proposed to redevelop the ground at a cost of around £200 million over a 14-year period.[4]

The current ground celebrated its two hundredth anniversary in 2014. To mark the occasion, on 5 July an MCC XI captained by Sachin Tendulkar played a Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne in a 50 overs match.[5]

Early history

Acting on behalf of the White Conduit Club and backed against any losses by George Finch, 9th Earl of Winchilsea and Colonel Charles Lennox, Thomas Lord opened his first ground in May 1787 on the site where Dorset Square now stands.[6] The White Conduit moved there from Islington soon afterwards and reconstituted themselves as Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[7] In 1811, feeling obliged to relocate because of a rise in rent, Lord removed his turf and relaid it at his second ground. This was short-lived because it lay on the route decided by Parliament for the Regent's Canal.[7]

The "Middle Ground" was on the estate of the Eyre family who offered Lord another plot nearby and he again relocated his turf. The new ground, on the present site, was opened in the 1814 season and the earliest known match was MCC v Hertfordshire on 22 June 1814.[8] This is not rated a first-class match. MCC won by an innings and 27 runs.[9] The next match known to have been played at Lord's, from 13 to 15 July 1814, was the earliest first-class one between MCC and the neighbouring St John's Wood club which had several guest players for the occasion, including five leading professionals. MCC won by 4 wickets.[10]

The annual Eton v Harrow match was first played on the Old Ground in 1805. There is no record of the fixture being played again until 29 July 1818 when it was held at the present Lord's ground for the first time, Harrow winning by 13 runs. From 1822, the fixture has been almost an annual event at Lord's.[11]



Stands at Lord's.

as of January 2015, the stands at Lord's are (clockwise from Pavilion): [12]

Much of Lord's Cricket Ground was rebuilt in the late 20th century. In 1987 the new Mound Stand, designed by Michael Hopkins and Partners, was opened, followed by the Grandstand (by Nicholas Grimshaw) in 1996. [13] Most notably, the Media Centre (by Future Systems) was added in 1998-9 which won The Royal Institute of British Architects Stirling Prize for 1999. [14] The ground can currently hold up to 28,000 spectators. The two ends of the pitch are the Pavilion End (south-west), where the main members' Pavilion is located, and the Nursery End (north-east), dominated by the Media Centre. [12]


For more details on this topic, see Lord's Pavilion.

The main survivor of the Victorian era is The Pavilion with its famous Long Room; this was built in 1889–90 to the designs of architect Thomas Verity. This historic landmark a Grade II*-listed building underwent an £8 million refurbishment programme in 2004–05. The pavilion is primarily for members of MCC who may use its amenities including seats for viewing the cricket, the Long Room and other facilities such as the Long Room Bar, the Bowlers Bar, a members shop etc. For Middlesex matches the Pavilion is open to members of the Middlesex County Club. The Pavilion also contains the dressing rooms where players change, each of which has a small balcony for players to watch the play. In each of the two main dressing rooms are honours boards which commemorate all the centuries scored in Test matches on the Lord’s ground and all instances of a bowler's taking five wickets in a Test innings and ten wickets in a Test match.

The only cricketer to hit a ball over the pavilion was Albert Trott off Monty Noble on 31 July 1899. [15]

Old Father Time

The Grandstand
Main article: Old Father Time

Another highly visible feature of the ground is Old Father Time, a weather vane in the shape of Father Time, currently adorning a stand on the south-east side of the field.

Media Centre

The futuristic J.P. Morgan Media Centre
Main article: Lord's Media Centre

The Media Centre was commissioned in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was the first all aluminium, semi-monocoque building in the world. It was built and fitted-out in two boatyards and uses boat-building technology. The centre stands 15 metres (49 ft) above the ground and its sole support comes from the structure around its two lift shafts it is approximately the same height as the Pavilion directly opposite it on the other side of the ground. The lower tier of the centre provides accommodation for over 100 journalists and the top tier has radio and television commentary boxes. The centre’s only opening window is in the broadcasting box used by BBC Test Match Special. [16] The building was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture in 1999.

Tavern Stand

This memorial stone to Lord Harris is in the Harris Garden at Lord's

The Lord's Taverners, a charitable group comprising cricketers and cricket-lovers, take their name from the old Tavern pub at Lord's, where the organisation's founders used to congregate. The pub no longer exists, and the Tavern Stand now stands on its former site. However, a new pub of the same name is open in the grounds, as well as the Members Bar, in the Pavilion.


For more details on this topic, see Lord's slope.
The Mound Stand public area on the left and the Tavern Stand members area on the right. The famous Old Father Time weather vane and clock is also visible

One of the most distinctive and famous features of the Lord's ground is the significant slope across the field. The north-west side of the playing surface is 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 ins) higher than the south-east side.[17] This slope causes appreciable deviation in bounce of the ball on the pitch, making it easier to move the ball in to right-handed batsmen when bowling from the Pavilion End, and easier to move it away when bowling from the Nursery End. The outfield was notorious for becoming waterlogged, resulting in considerable loss of play due to rainfall, until clay soil was relaid with sand during the winter of 2002–2003.

Grace Gates

For more details on this topic, see Grace Gates.

One of the features of the ground is the pair of ornamental gates, named in honour of W. G. Grace. In 1923, the W. G. Grace Memorial Gates were erected at the St John's Wood Road entrance to the ground.[18] They were designed by Sir Herbert Baker and the opening ceremony was performed by Sir Stanley Jackson, who had suggested the inclusion of the words The Great Cricketer in the dedication.[19]


Twenty20 match at Lord's: Middlesex vs Kent, 27 May 2009

Temporary floodlights were installed at the ground in 2007 but were removed in 2008 after complaints of light pollution from residents of St. John's Wood. In January 2009, the Westminster Council approved use of new retractable[20] floodlights designed to minimize light spillage into nearby homes. Conditions of the approval included a five-year trial period during which up to 12 matches and 4 practice matches could be played under the lights from April to September. The lights must be dimmed to half-strength at 9.50 pm and be switched off by 11 pm. The floodlights were first used successfully on 27 May 2009 during the Twenty20 Cup match between Middlesex and Kent.[21]

Cricket usage

Lord's hosts Test matches, one-day internationals, some Middlesex home matches, MCC matches and (starting with a fixture between Middlesex and Surrey in July 2004) some of Middlesex's home Twenty20 games.

Lord's typically hosts two Tests every summer plus two one-day internationals. Lord's also plays host to the finals of the National Village Cricket Competition, the MCC Universities Challenge tournament and the Royal London Cup.

On 7 September 1963 Lord's hosted the first Gillette Cup final. The Gillette Cup was the first major one-day tournament.[22]

The oldest permanent fixture at Lord's is the annual Eton versus Harrow match which began in 1805 (Lord Byron played in the 1805 Harrow XI) and celebrated its bicentenary in 2005. The match is always fiercely contested. Since 2000 it has been 55 overs per side, but before that it was declaration and before that it was two innings per side over two days. Eton has the balance of wins, but the victor in the bicentenary year was Harrow.

MCC Museum

Perimeter wall display at Lord's

Lord's is the home of the MCC Museum, which is the oldest sports museum in the world, and contains the world's most celebrated collection of cricket memorabilia, including The Ashes urn. MCC has been collecting memorabilia since 1864. The items on display include cricket kit used by, e.g., Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Don Bradman and Shane Warne, many items related to the career of W. G. Grace; and curiosities such as the stuffed sparrow that was 'bowled out' by Jahangir Khan of Cambridge University in delivering a ball to T. N. Pearce batting for M.C.C on 3 July 1936. It also contains the battered copy of Wisden that helped to sustain E. W. Swanton through his captivity in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II. The Museum continues to collect historic artefacts and also commissions new paintings and photography. A recently opened exhibition, which celebrates the life and career of Brian Lara, is especially suitable for children. It contains the Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre, a cinema which screens historical cricket footage for visitors.

MCC Library

Lord's also has one of the "largest and most comprehensive collection[s] of books and publications dedicated to cricket."[23] The library includes over 17,000 volumes and is open by appointment.[23] In 2010, a selection of 100 duplicates from the library's collection was offered for auction by Christie's with proceeds going to support the library.[24]

Test matches at Lord's

England v New Zealand in a Test match at Lord's, May 2004

Over one hundred Test matches have been played at Lord's, the first in 1884 when England defeated Australia by an innings and 5 runs. Australia's first win was in 1888 by 61 runs. South Africa played their first Test match at Lord's in 1907 and the ground was the host to an Australia v South Africa Test match in 1912. The West Indies appeared in a Test match at Lord's for the first time in 1928, to be followed by New Zealand (1931), India (1932), Pakistan (1954), Sri Lanka (1984), Zimbabwe (2000) and Bangladesh (2005). The hundredth Lord's Test match was in 2000, England v West Indies. As of 25 August 2010 England have played 119 Test matches at Lord's, winning 45, losing 28 and drawing 46. Personal achievements by cricketers in Test matches at the ground are recognised with the names of century makers and of bowlers taking five wickets in an innings, or ten wickets in a match, being inscribed on the honours boards in the home and away dressing rooms.

Lord's hosts two Test matches each summer, one match for each visiting team. In 2010, the stadium hosted three Test matches. As well as England's matches against Bangladesh and Pakistan, a Test match between Australia and Pakistan was held at the stadium in July. [25] Lord's was the venue of the 2000th test match when England hosted India from 21 to 25 July 2011. [26]

Other sports

Lord's was the venue for the Archery at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

A baseball game was held at Lord's during the Great War to raise funds for the Canadian Widows and Orphans Fund. A Canadian team played an American team in a match watched by 10,000 people. Bowls, archery and several other sports have been played at Lord's in the past, but never rugby or football.

Lord's was also one of the venues for the 2012 Summer Olympics.[27] The archery competition took place in front of the Pavilion, with the archers positioned in front of the Pavilion and the targets placed in front of the Media Centre just past the wicket table. Lord's also houses a real tennis court.

Test match records


Most career runs[28]
Runs Player Period
2015 (39 Innings) England Graham Gooch 1975–1994
1562 (31 Innings) England Andrew Strauss 2004–2012
1523 (36 Innings) England Alastair Cook 2006–Present
1476 (37 Innings) England Alec Stewart 1990–2003
1264 (32 Innings) England Ian Bell 2005–2015

Most career runs (Non-England)[29]
Runs Player Period
575 (7 Innings) Australia Warren Bardsley 1909–1926
571 (9 Innings) West Indies Cricket Board Garfield Sobers 1957–1973
551 (8 Innings) Australia Donald Bradman 1930–1948
512 (9 Innings) West Indies Cricket Board Shivnarine Chanderpaul 2000–2012
508 (8 Innings) India Dilip Vengsarkar 1979–1990

Highest individual score[30]
Runs Player Year
333 vs India England Graham Gooch 1990
259 vs England South Africa Graeme Smith 2003
254 vs England Australia Donald Bradman 1930
240 vs Australia England Wally Hammond 1938
226 vs Bangladesh England Jonathan Trott 2010

Most centuries[31]
Centuries Player Period
6 (39 Innings) England Graham Gooch 1975–1994
6 (19 Innings) England Michael Vaughan 2000–2008
5 (23 Innings) England Kevin Pietersen 2005–2011
5 (28 Innings) England Andrew Strauss 2004–2012
4 (24 Innings) England Allan Lamb 1982–1992
4 (34 Innings) England Alastair Cook 2006–Present
4 (32 Innings) England Ian Bell 2005–2015


Most career wickets[32]
Wickets Player Period
75 (35 Innings) England James Anderson 2003–Present
69 (26 Innings) England Ian Botham 1978–1992
65 (30 Innings) England Stuart Broad 2008–Present
63 (24 Innings) England Fred Trueman 1952–1965
47 (16 Innings) England Bob Willis 1973–1984

Most career wickets (Non-England)[33]
Wickets Player Period
26 (6 Innings) Australia Glenn McGrath 1997–2005
26 (8 Innings) New Zealand Richard Hadlee 1978–1990
20 (5 Innings) West Indies Cricket Board Malcolm Marshall 1984–1991
20 (7 Innings) West Indies Cricket Board Courtney Walsh 1988–2000
19 (6 Innings) Australia Charlie Turner 1888–1893

Best innings figures[34]
Figures Player Year
8/34 vs Pakistan England Ian Botham 1978
8/38 vs England Australia Glenn McGrath 1997
8/43 vs Australia England Hedley Verity 1934
8/43 vs Pakistan England Derek Underwood 1974
8/51 vs England Australia Bob Massie 1972

Best match figures[35]
Figures Player Year
16/137 vs England Australia Bob Massie 1972
15/104 vs Australia England Hedley Verity 1934
13/71 vs Pakistan England Derek Underwood 1974
12/101 vs South Africa England Roy Tattersall 1951
11/70 vs New Zealand England Derek Underwood 1969

Team records

Highest innings score[36]
Score Team Year
729/6 d  Australia vs England 1930
682/6 d  South Africa vs England 2003
653/4 d  England vs India 1990
652/8 d  West Indies vs England 1973
632/4 d  Australia vs England 1993

Lowest completed innings[37]
Score Team Year
42  India vs England 1974
47  New Zealand vs England 1958
53  England vs Australia 1888
53  Australia vs England 1896
54  West Indies vs England 2000

Partnership records

Highest partnerships[38]
Runs Wicket Players Match Year
370 3rd Denis Compton (208) & Bill Edrich (189)  England vs South Africa 1947
332 8th Jonathan Trott (184) & Stuart Broad (169)  England vs Pakistan 2010
308 3rd Graham Gooch (333) & Allan Lamb (139)  England vs India 1990
291 2nd Robert Key (221) & Andrew Strauss (137)  England vs West Indies 2004
287* 2nd Gordon Greenidge (214*) & Larry Gomes (92*)  West Indies vs England 1984
286 4th Ian Bell (199) & Kevin Pietersen (152)  England vs South Africa 2008

All records correct as of 25 May 2015.

See also


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  5. Archived 2 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. Warner, p. 17–18.
  7. 1 2 Warner, p. 18.
  8. Warner, p. 19.
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  18. Lord's milestones – 1923. Retrieved on 9 November 2008.
  19. Midwinter, p. 154.
  20. Keeping Lord's world-class at official website.
  21. Lord's floodlights just 'isn't cricket' – London Informer
  22. "Lord's hosts first Gillette Cup final". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
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