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Lord’s Cricket Ground

Lord’s Cricket Ground is the oldest cricket stadium in world history. It was founded in 1814, or around 209 years ago. Because of this, it may legitimately be called the oldest stadium. It carries Thomas Lord’s name as a tribute. 31,100 spectators can fit in the space. Marylebone Cricket Club owned the stadium. It is situated in St John’s Wood, London, United Kingdom. The stadium has represented two teams: Marylebone Cricket Club since 1814 and Middlesex since 1877. The ground is grassy. The venue’s curator is Mick Hunt. The location is the oldest; therefore, it has witnessed all of the great historical revolutions, including both World Wars. It coordinates in 1.5294°N 0.1727°W.

Fast Features

Other NamesLord’s
Established in1814
Coordinates1.5294°N 0.1727°W
AddressSt John’s Wood, London, England
OwnerMarylebone Cricket Club
Flood LightsYes
End NamesPavilion End, Nursery End


The stadium is more than 200 years old, so it has a vast history. On property leased from the Portman Estate, Thomas Lord, the ground’s proprietor, originally constructed his sports facility in 1787. The White Conduit Club relocated to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in order to provide a higher level of luxury. At the venue, Essex and Middlesex played their first game. Lord moved to his new venue in 1811 as a result of excessive rents and his unfavourable standing among visitors. This was positioned on the Eyre family’s property when he moved his territory to a new location in the steep area of S. John’s Wood. In 1814, the first competitive game took place.

Frederick Woodbridge was honored to have the first century on that ground for Epsom opposing Middlesex. While William Ward did his first double century in this stadium in 1820, he purchased the ground for £5,000. In 1927, the first match between university teams was played in the stadium between Cambridge and Oxford. So, it created the oldest elite class fixture in history until 2020. The renovations occurred with the passage of time, including the telegraph score board, professional cabin, score sheet, and effluvium. It was used as the venue for the Australian Aboriginal Cricket Team’s visit to Britain in 1868.

 In the 1860s and 1870s, Lords’ held significant events, including cricket competitions among schools and universities. The pavilion underwent expansion in the 1860s, but it was rebuilt in December 1987. It served as Middlesex Country Club’s home pitch. In 1878, an Australian team also visited there. The location played home to England’s first test match in 1884, and it ultimately rose to become the third location to hold a test match in England.

The venue, which hosted world-class matches in 1919 and expanded in 1923, hosted matches for London countries and other states. Cricket was played internationally again after World War II, despite its devastation. Since 1958, snack shops and press cabins have expanded the number of spectators. The stadium played home to the inaugural ODI in 1972, the first ODI Men’s World Cup finals, the 1979 World Cup, a women’s match from 1976, and the 1993 ICC WCWC championship game.

A significant number of international matches, including test matches and ODIs, were played at the stadium. Test series and university series were played in the arena more than 100 times up until the year 2000. Drop-in pitching posed a threat to Lord’s slope; however, the MCC fought these proposals. Clay soil caused the outfield area to be flooded, although sand was installed in its place in 2002. In 2004, at the inaugural Twenty20 International in the World Twenty20, Lord’s hosted their first Twenty20 encounter. Plans for a £250 million ground development were created in 2008. The 2013 Lord’s strategy, which intends to rejuvenate the area and enhance amenities, was released. Two important games were held there in 2014, the venue’s 200th anniversary year.

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Major Features

Stands and Enclosures

The stadium is having seven stands named on renowned players

  • Warner Stand
  • Grand Stand
  • Compton Stand
  • Edrich Stand
  • Mound Stand
  • Tavern Stand
  • Allen Stand

These are all present in a clockwise direction from the Pavilion.

The Pavilion

Built between 1889 and 1990, Lord’s current pavilion is a Grade II structure. But it’s mainly exclusive to MCC members. There has a roof top and a double-story center part with covered seats. The facilities, which included spectator seating, a bar, a long room, a members’ store, a bowler’s bar and a changing room, cost £8 million for renovation in 2004–2005. Long room with notable cricket players and executives painted on the walls.

Media Centre

In 1995, it was planned to upgrade Warner’s outdated media infrastructure. Almost $5 million was spent on it. To allow the workers on the ground to move freely, its main section was positioned 15 meters above the stadium. This project was financed by NatWest, J.P. Morgan, and Investec, and as a result, it won eight architectural honors.

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Nursery Ground

The nursery ground, which had top-notch grass nets, was purchased by MCC in two pieces in 1838 and 1887. In 1903, it served as the site of a first-class cricket match, and in 2022, the main Lord’s stadium hosted the Women’s University Match. To regain the playing space, the temporary Nursery Pavilion will be destroyed in 2025–2026.

MCC Library and Museum

The MCC Museum, the most ancient sports museum in the world and the most renowned repository for cricket artifacts, are both located at Lord’s. The archive, which dates back to 1864, was transferred to a vacant racket court following WWII. Today, it receives approximately 50,000 tourists a year and displays memorabilia from cricket stars, including W.G. Grace and other players. The gallery also has a sizable library with about 20,000 volumes, with an increasing number of new additions each year.


The bronze monument of W.G. Grace, a picnic spot, and weeping ash trees may all be found in Coronation Garden. Previously a tennis court, Harris Garden underwent renovations in 2018. 

Other Sports

Other sports, like rackets, lawn tennis, hockey, real tennis, lacrosse and Archery were additionally played in Lord’s Stadium.

Series Stats

Test Series

Total number of matches played145
First Batting Won52
First Bowling won42
Matches Drawn51
First Innings average score310
Second Innings average score299
Third Innings average score257
Fourth Innings average score156
Recorded Highest729/6 by AUS against ENG
Recorded Lowest38/10 by Ireland against ENG
Test Stats

The statistics of Test matches showed that a total of 145 matches had been played at the Lord’s Stadium. Among them, 52 were won by the first batting team; while on the other hand, 42 were won by the first bowling team. However, 51 matches remain drawn. 35 percent or so of the matches were still unresolved. Additionally, the highest score was done in the first inning, which is 310 runs, while the lowest was done in the fourth inning, which is 156 runs. Australia set the record for the highest score in a test match against England with 729 runs with the loss of six wickets in 232 overs. Nevertheless, Ireland posted the lowest score here, which were 38 runs with the loss of 10 wickets against England in 15.4 overs.

One Day International ODI’s

Total ODIs70
First Batting Win40
First Bowling Win39
Average Score in First Inning230
Average Score in second inning201
Highest score334/4
Lowest score85/10
Highest Score Chased326/8
Lower Score Defeated169/10
ODI Stats

A total of 84 ODI matches have been played at the stadium. Among them, the first batters won 40 matches, while the first bowlers could only win 39. It shows that there is about a 49-51 ratio of matches won. 230run was the average score in the first inning. However, the average score in the second inning was 201 runs. England posted the highest total in an ODI against India, which were 334 runs with the loss of four wickets. The South African women could score the lowest recorded total of 85 runs against the England women’s team in 39 overs. The highest chased score was 326 runs with the loss of 8 wickets by India against England in 49.3 overs. The lowest chased score was 169 runs by Indian women against English women, with the loss of 10 wickets in 45.4 overs.


Total T20’s12
First Batting Win6
First Bowling Win5
Average Score in First Inning151
Average Score in second inning129
Highest score199/4
Lowest score85/10
Highest Score Chased163/6
Lower Score Defeated128/7
T20 Stats

Twelve total T20 games were played at the venue. Batting first, teams could win six games, while bowling first won five. The average score in the first inning was 151; however, the average score in the second inning was 129 runs. The highest recorded total was 199 runs by the West Indies with the loss of four wickets against the ICC World XI. The lowest recorded score was 85 runs with the loss of 10 wickets by New Zealand women against English women. The highest chased score was by the Netherlands against England. They chased 163 runs with the loss of six wickets. The lowest chased score was 128 runs with the loss of 7 wickets by South Africa against New Zealand.

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Test Matches

YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
1930Highest team score 729/6AustraliaEngland
2019Lowest total 38/10IrelandEngland
1990Individual Highest in an Inning: 333 runsGraham Gooch, EnglandIndia
1978Best Bowling in an Inning 8 wickets against a 34-scoreIan Botham, from EnglandPakistan
1972Best Bowling in the Match 16 wickets against a 137-run scoreBob Massie, from AustraliaEngland
Test Match Record


YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
1975Highest team score 334 runs by 4 wicketsEnglandIndia
2003Lowest Team Total 107 runs by 10 wicketsSouth AfricaEngland
1979Highest individual innings 138 runs  Viv Richards from the West IndiesEngland
2022Best Bowler in Innings 6 wickets with 24 scoresReece Topley, from EnglandIndia
ODI Record

T20’s International

YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
2018Highest team score 199 runs by 4 wicketsWest IndiesICC World XI
2009Lowest total: 93 runs by 10 wicketsNetherlandsPakistan
2009Individual Highest in an Inning: 78 runsJayawardene, from Sri LankaIreland
2009Best Bowler in Innings 4 wickets with 11 scoresShahid Afridi, from PakistanNetherlands
T20 Records
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Domestic Cricket Records

First Class Cricket

YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
2002Highest team score 645 against 6 wicketsDurhanMiddlesex
1839Lowest total 15runsMCCSurrey
1926Individual Highest in an Inning: 316 runsJack Hobbs, from SurreyMiddlesex
1871Best bowling in an inning; 10 wickets against a 38-scoreSamuel Butler, from Oxford UniversityCambridge University
1837Most WicketsWilliam Lillywhite from GentlemenPlayers
First Class Cricket Record

Team A

YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
2014Highest team score 368 against 2 wicketsNottinghamshireMiddlesex
1996Lowest total 57runsEssexLancashire
2017Individual Highest in an Inning: 187 runsAlex Hales from NottinghamshireSurrey
1981Best bowling in an inning; 7 wickets against a 22 scoreJeff Thomson from MiddlesexHampshire
Domestic Cricket Record


YearRecordRecord ByRecord Against
2021Highest team score 223 against 7 wicketsSurreyMiddlesex
2015Lowest total 90 runsKentMiddlesex
2021Individual Highest in an Inning: 102 runsStephen Eskinazi from MiddlesexEssex
2005Best bowling in an inning; 6 wickets against a 24 scoreTim Murtagh from SurreyMiddlesex
Domestic Cricket Record

International Information

First TestAustralia vs. EnglandJuly 1884
Last TestAustralia vs. EnglandJuly 2023
First ODIAustralia vs. EnglandAugust, 1972
Last ODIIndia vs. EnglandJuly, 2022
First T20INetherlands vs. EnglandJune, 2009
Last T20INetherlands vs. NepalJuly 2018
First WODIAustralia vs. EnglandAugust, 1976
Last WODIIndia vs. EnglandSeptember, 2022
First WT20INew Zealand vs. EnglandJune, 2009
Last WT201Australia vs. EnglandJuly, 2023
International Information

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