Biggest Cricket Stadiums in England

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Biggest Cricket Stadiums in United Kingdom

International mens cricket was first played in England in 1868 by the touring Australian Aboriginal cricket team, although it would not be until 1878 that the first tour by a team termed as representative was made by the touring Australians. The first Test match to be played in England came two years later in 1880 between England and Australia at The Oval. The same two sides played in the first One Day International to be held in England at Old Trafford during Australias 1972 tour. In 2005, the Rose Bowl hosted the first Twenty20 International to be played in England during Australias 2005 tour.

List of Cricket stadiums in the United Kingdom by capacity

Rank Stadium Capacity Location
1 Lords Cricket Ground 28,000 London
2 Old Trafford Cricket Ground 26,000 Manchester
3 Edgbaston Cricket Ground 25,000 Birmingham
4 Rose Bowl 25,000 Southampton
5 The Oval 23,500 London
6 Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground 18,350 Leeds
7 Trent Bridge 17,500 Nottingham
8 County Cricket Ground 16,000 Bristol
9 Sophia Gardens 15,643 Cardiff
10 Riverside Ground 15,000 Chester-le-Street

1): Lords Cricket Ground

Referred to as the ‘Home of Cricket’, this iconic cricket ground was inaugurated in 1814. Lord’s has so far hosted 10 ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures, including the finals of the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions. This cricket ground can be easily recognised by a look at its pavilion.The Home of Cricket will host five fixtures of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and will once again be the venue for the World Cup Final.

The highest World Cup total at Lord’s was scored onthe first occasion it hosted a World Cup match, with England scoring an impressive 334/4 against India in 1975.

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ICC CWC 2019 matches to be played at Lord’s:

June 23, Sunday: Pakistan vs South Africa, Match 30 (3:00 pm IST)

June 25, Tuesday: England vs Australia, Match 32 (3:00 pm IST)

June 29, Saturday: New Zealand vs Australia, Match 37 (6:00 pm IST)

July 05, Friday: Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Match 43 (3:00 pm IST)

July 14, Sunday: TBC vs TBC, Final (3:00 pm IST)

FACTS

Opened 1814
Capacity 30000
Known as Lords Cricket Ground
Ends Pavilion End, Nursery End
Location London, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex
Other Sports it is home to Lacrosse, Hockey, Archery (2012 Olympics)
Floodlights Yes
Curator Mick Hunt

STATS - TEST

Total matches 139
Matches won batting first 50
Matches won bowling first 39
Average 1st Inns scores 312
Average 2nd Inns scores 298
Average 3rd Inns scores 257
Average 4th Inns scores 155
Highest total recorded 729/6 (232 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 38/10 (15.4 Ov) by IRE vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 67
Matches won batting first 31
Matches won bowling first 32
Average 1st Inns scores 240
Average 2nd Inns scores 217
Highest total recorded 334/4 (60 Ov) by ENG vs IND
Lowest total recorded 107/10 (32.1 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Highest score chased 326/8 (49.3 Ov) by IND vs ENG
Lowest score defended 204/5 (50 Ov) by PAK vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 10
Matches won batting first 6
Matches won bowling first 3
Average 1st Inns scores 157
Average 2nd Inns scores 135
Highest total recorded 199/4 (20 Ov) by WI vs WXI
Lowest total recorded 93/10 (17.3 Ov) by NED vs PAK
Highest score chased 163/6 (20 Ov) by NED vs ENG
Lowest score defended 128/7 (20 Ov) by RSA vs NZ

2): Old Trafford Cricket Ground

Old Trafford will be the busiest venue at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as it will host six games, including a semi-final.

The ground, with a capacity of 19,000, will also be the venue for the most-watched fixture in international cricket when India take on Pakistan.

The ground has been used for World Cup matches in the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions of the tournament.

England have played two Cricket World Cup semi-finals at Old Trafford, beating New Zealand by nine runs in 1979, and losing to India by six wickets in 1983. The ground itself is the second-oldest Test venue in England, having been hosting Tests since 1884.

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ICC CWC 2019 matches to be played at Old Trafford, Manchester

June 16, Sunday: India vs Pakistan, Match 22 (3:00 pm IST)

June 18, Tuesday: England vs Afghanistan, Match 24 (3:00 pm IST)

June 22, Saturday: Windies vs New Zealand, Match 29 (6:00 pm IST)

June 27, Thursday: Windies vs India, Match 34 (3:00 pm IST)

July 06, Saturday: Australia vs South Africa, Match 45 (6:00 pm IST)

July 09, Tuesday: 1st Semi-Final (teams to be decided) (3:00 pm IST)

FACTS

Opened 1857
Capacity 19000
Ends Stretford End, Brian Statham End
Location Manchester, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Lancashire

STATS - TEST

Total matches 82
Matches won batting first 32
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 335
Average 2nd Inns scores 268
Average 3rd Inns scores 227
Average 4th Inns scores 168
Highest total recorded 656/8 (255.5 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 58/10 (21.4 Ov) by IND vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 55
Matches won batting first 26
Matches won bowling first 28
Average 1st Inns scores 228
Average 2nd Inns scores 201
Highest total recorded 397/6 (50 Ov) by ENG vs AFG
Lowest total recorded 45/10 (40.3 Ov) by Can vs ENG
Highest score chased 305/7 (49.4 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest score defended 221/8 (60 Ov) by ENG vs NZ

STATS - T20

Total matches 10
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 151
Average 2nd Inns scores 127
Highest total recorded 199/5 (19.1 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest total recorded 135/10 (16.2 Ov) by NZ vs ENG
Highest score chased 199/5 (19.1 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest score defended 190/4 (20 Ov) by PAK vs ENG

3): Edgbaston, Birmingham

Established in 1886, the ground will host five games at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, including one semi-final and the high-profile meeting of England and India.

The ground has so far hosted four previous ICC Cricket World Cups, and was a semi-final location in 1979, 1983 and 1999.

Edgbaston has been witness to some historic moments, including Brian Lara’s knock of unbeaten 501 against Durham in 1994, the highest score by a batsman in first-class cricket.

Cricket fans will remember Edgbaston’s 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa as arguably the greatest-ever ODI. Allan Donald and Lance Klusener were the men at the crease that day, with a mix-up in the middle when the scores were levelled, meaning they lost to Australia, which progressed to the World Cup final and eventually won it.

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ICC CWC 2019 matches to be played at Edgbaston:

June 19, Wednesday: New Zealand vs South Africa, Match 25 (3:00 pm IST)

June 26, Wednesday: New Zealand vs Pakistan, Match 33 (3:00 pm IST)

June 30, Sunday: England vs India, Match 38 (3:00 pm IST)

July 02, Tuesday: Bangladesh vs India, Match 40 (3:00 pm IST)

July 11, Thursday: 2nd Semi-Final (teams to be decided) (3:00 pm IST)

FACTS

Opened 1882
Capacity 21,000
Ends City End, Pavilion End
Location Birmingham, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Warwickshire

STATS - TEST

Total matches 52
Matches won batting first 18
Matches won bowling first 19
Average 1st Inns scores 307
Average 2nd Inns scores 319
Average 3rd Inns scores 247
Average 4th Inns scores 156
Highest total recorded 710/7 (188.1 Ov) by ENG vs IND
Lowest total recorded 30/10 (12.3 Ov) by RSA vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 63
Matches won batting first 26
Matches won bowling first 30
Average 1st Inns scores 230
Average 2nd Inns scores 186
Highest total recorded 408/9 (50 Ov) by ENG vs NZ
Lowest total recorded 70/10 (25.2 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Highest score chased 280/4 (53.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest score defended 129/7 (20 Ov) by IND vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 5
Matches won batting first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 169
Average 2nd Inns scores 151
Highest total recorded 221/5 (20 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 144/10 (18.4 Ov) by AUS vs PAK
Lowest score defended 118/5 (11 Ov) by ENG vs RSA

4): Rose Bowl, Southampton

The Rose Bowl, known for sponsorship reasons as Ageas Bowl and also the Hampshire Bowl for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup,[2] is a cricket ground and hotel complex in West End, in the Borough of Eastleigh, Hampshire, England, between the M27 motorway and Telegraph Woods. It is the home of Hampshire County Cricket Club, who have played there since 2001.

In order to be able to host Test cricket, the ground underwent a redevelopment starting in 2008, which saw stands built to increase capacity and other construction work undertaken to make the hosting of international cricket at the ground more viable. A four-star Hilton Hotel with an integrated media centre overlooking the ground opened in 2015. Following Hampshire Cricket Ltd finding itself in financial trouble in 2011, the lease on the ground was sold to Eastleigh Borough Council for £6.5 million with a benefactor injecting a similar sum in 2012.

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FACTS

Opened 2001
Capacity 6,500 (20,000 with temporary seating)
Known as The Ageas Bowl, West End
Ends Pavilion End, Northern End
Location Southampton, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 6
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 337
Average 2nd Inns scores 280
Average 3rd Inns scores 262
Average 4th Inns scores 187
Highest total recorded 583/8 (154.4 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest total recorded 178/10 (66.4 Ov) by IND vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 31
Matches won batting first 14
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 247
Average 2nd Inns scores 216
Highest total recorded 373/3 (50 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest total recorded 65/10 (24 Ov) by USA vs AUS
Highest score chased 329/3 (49.5 Ov) by IRE vs ENG
Lowest score defended 224/8 (50 Ov) by IND vs AFG

STATS - T20

Total matches 8
Matches won batting first 4
Matches won bowling first 4
Average 1st Inns scores 167
Average 2nd Inns scores 150
Highest total recorded 248/6 (20 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 79/10 (14.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Highest score chased 158/4 (18.5 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest score defended 162/7 (20 Ov) by ENG vs AUS

5): The Oval, London

The Oval, with a capacity of 25,000, will host five matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, including the opener between England and South Africa.Established in 1845, the Oval is one of the oldest cricket grounds in the world. The first ever Test match in England was played at this venue. This is the ground where Ashes came started.

The Oval has also played host to a number of big World Cup matches, with ten fixtures taking place at the venue across the 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 editions.

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ICC CWC matches to be played at the Oval:

May 30, Thursday: England vs South Africa, Match 1 (3:00 pm IST)

June 02, Sunday: South Africa vs Bangladesh, Match 5 (3:00 pm IST)

June 05, Wednesday: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, Match 9 (6:00 pm IST)

June 09, Sunday: India vs Australia, Match 14 (3:00 pm IST)

June 15, Saturday: Sri Lanka vs Australia, Match 20 (3:00 pm IST)

FACTS

Opened 1845
Capacity 23500
Known as The Oval; The AMP Oval; The Fosters Oval; The Brit Oval
Ends Pavilion End, Vauxhall End
Location London, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to England, Surrey
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 102
Matches won batting first 37
Matches won bowling first 28
Average 1st Inns scores 348
Average 2nd Inns scores 305
Average 3rd Inns scores 235
Average 4th Inns scores 156
Highest total recorded 903/7 (335.2 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 44/10 (26 Ov) by AUS vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 73
Matches won batting first 30
Matches won bowling first 40
Average 1st Inns scores 251
Average 2nd Inns scores 217
Highest total recorded 398/5 (50 Ov) by NZ vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 103/10 (41 Ov) by ENG vs RSA
Highest score chased 322/3 (48.4 Ov) by SL vs IND
Lowest score defended 241/10 (49.4 Ov) by PAK vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 16
Matches won batting first 9
Matches won bowling first 6
Average 1st Inns scores 150
Average 2nd Inns scores 133
Highest total recorded 211/5 (20 Ov) by RSA vs SCO
Lowest total recorded 81/10 (15.4 Ov) by SCO vs RSA
Highest score chased 173/5 (19.3 Ov) by ENG vs WI
Lowest score defended 113/5 (20 Ov) by WI vs ENG

6): Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, Leeds

Headingley Cricket Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, is a cricket ground in the Headingley Stadium complex in Leeds, England. It adjoins the Headingley Rugby Stadium through a shared main stand, although the main entrance to the cricket ground is at the opposite Kirkstall Lane end. It has hosted Test cricket since 1899 and has a capacity of 18,350.

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FACTS

Opened 1890
Capacity 17000
Known as Headingley Grounds
Ends Kirkstall Lane End, Football Stand End
Location Leeds, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Yorkshire

County Championship 2021 matches scheduled at this venue

10:00 GMT YORKS vs GLAM, Group 3
10:00 GMT YORKS vs KENT, Group 3
10:00 GMT YORKS vs SUS, Group 3

Pakistan tour of England, 2021 matches scheduled at this venue

13:30 GMT ENG vs PAK, 2nd T20I

India tour of England, 2021 matches scheduled at this venue

10:00 GMT ENG vs IND, 3rd Test

7): Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Trent Bridge Cricket Ground is a cricket ground mostly used for Test, One-Day International and county cricket located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, just across the River Trent from the city of Nottingham. Trent Bridge is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. As well as international cricket and Nottinghamshires home games, the ground has hosted the Finals Day of the Twenty20 Cup twice and will host the final of the One-Day Cup between 2020 and 2024.

In 2009, the ground was used for the ICC World Twenty20 and hosted the semi-final between South Africa and Pakistan. The site takes its name from the nearby main bridge over the Trent, and is also close to Meadow Lane and the City Ground, the football stadia of Notts County and Nottingham Forest respectively.

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FACTS

Opened 1841
Capacity 15,350 (to be 17,000)
Known as Trent Bridge Ground
Ends Pavilion End, Radcliffe Road End
Location Nottingham, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Nottinghamshire
Other Sports it is home to Football (Nottm Forest and Notts County) 1860-1910
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 63
Matches won batting first 23
Matches won bowling first 17
Average 1st Inns scores 321
Average 2nd Inns scores 306
Average 3rd Inns scores 263
Average 4th Inns scores 160
Highest total recorded 658/8 (188 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 60/10 (18.3 Ov) by AUS vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 49
Matches won batting first 21
Matches won bowling first 25
Average 1st Inns scores 254
Average 2nd Inns scores 222
Highest total recorded 481/6 (50 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 83/10 (23 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Highest score chased 350/3 (44 Ov) by ENG vs NZ
Lowest score defended 195/9 (50 Ov) by WI vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 11
Matches won batting first 6
Matches won bowling first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 154
Average 2nd Inns scores 137
Highest total recorded 198/5 (20 Ov) by NZ vs IRE
Lowest total recorded 110/10 (17 Ov) by NZ vs SL
Highest score chased 173/3 (19.4 Ov) by ENG vs WI
Lowest score defended 130/5 (20 Ov) by RSA vs IND

8): Bristol County Ground

The Bristol County Ground will host three matches during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The ground has earlier hosted three World Cup matches – one match in 1983 and two in 1999.More recently, the Bristol County Ground has hosted eight fixtures at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, including England’s dramatic semi-final win over South Africa.

The ground, which first opened in 1889, has a capacity of 11,000 and is a perfectly circular area.

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ICC CWC 2019 matches to be played at Bristol County Ground:

June 01, Saturday: Afghanistan vs Australia, Match 4 (6:00 pm IST)

June 07, Friday: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 11 (3:00 pm IST)

June 11, Tuesday: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, Match 16 (3:00 pm IST)

FACTS

Opened 1889
Capacity 7000 (15,000 ODIs)
Known as The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Frys Ground; Phoenix County Ground
Ends Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End
Location Bristol, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Gloucestershire

STATS - ODI

Total matches 26
Matches won batting first 10
Matches won bowling first 15
Average 1st Inns scores 243
Average 2nd Inns scores 216
Highest total recorded 373/5 (50 Ov) by ENGW vs RSAW
Lowest total recorded 92/10 (24.5 Ov) by ZIM vs ENG
Highest score chased 359/4 (44.5 Ov) by ENG vs PAK
Lowest score defended 182/10 (50 Ov) by NZ vs ENG

STATS - T20

Total matches 6
Matches won batting first 1
Matches won bowling first 5
Average 1st Inns scores 149
Average 2nd Inns scores 148
Highest total recorded 201/3 (18.4 Ov) by IND vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 129/10 (18.1 Ov) by NZW vs ENGW
Highest score chased 201/3 (18.4 Ov) by IND vs ENG
Lowest score defended 139/5 (20 Ov) by ENGW vs AUSW

9): Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

The Cardiff Wales Stadium, which is part of Sophia Gardens Cardiff (Welsh: Gerddi Soffia Caerdydd), is a cricket stadium in Cardiff, Wales. It is located in Sophia Gardens on the River Taff. It is home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club and is listed as an international Test cricket venue.

The Cardiff Wales Stadium has been a venue in the past two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy, as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999.

The venue has short straight boundaries but very long square boundaries. At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the stadium will host four fixtures.

The Cardiff Wales Stadium has seen some dramatic moments played out in its relatively brief history of hosting international cricket, including Pakistan’s semi-final win over England at the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.

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FACTS

Capacity 5500 (15,000 after redevelopment)
Known as The SWALEC Stadium
Ends River Taff End, Cathedral Road End
Location Cardiff, Wales
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Glamorgan
Floodlights Yes

STATS - TEST

Total matches 3
Matches won batting first 1
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 421
Average 2nd Inns scores 492
Average 3rd Inns scores 207
Average 4th Inns scores 242
Highest total recorded 674/6 (181 Ov) by AUS vs ENG
Lowest total recorded 82/10 (24.4 Ov) by SL vs ENG

10): Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street

The Riverside Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as the Emirates Riverside, is a cricket venue in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. It is home to Durham County Cricket Club, and has also hosted several international matches.

The stadium, with a capacity of 14,000, will host three fixtures at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019. Established in 1995, the Riverside Durham has previously hosted four ICC Cricket World Cup fixtures, all of which took place in the 1999 edition.

The highest World Cup total at the home of Durham Cricket is 261/6, which was scored by Pakistan on their way to victory against Scotland in 1999.

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FACTS

Opened 1995
Capacity 5000 (17000 for internationals)
Ends Finchale End, Lumley End
Location Chester-le-Street, England
Time Zone UTC +01:00
Home to Durham

STATS - TEST

Total matches 6
Matches won batting first 4
Matches won bowling first 2
Average 1st Inns scores 352
Average 2nd Inns scores 270
Average 3rd Inns scores 295
Average 4th Inns scores 138
Highest total recorded 569/6 (147 Ov) by ENG vs WI
Lowest total recorded 94/10 (32.1 Ov) by ZIM vs ENG

STATS - ODI

Total matches 19
Matches won batting first 7
Matches won bowling first 10
Average 1st Inns scores 249
Average 2nd Inns scores 189
Highest total recorded 338/6 (50 Ov) by SL vs WI
Lowest total recorded 99/10 (26.1 Ov) by ENG vs SL
Highest score chased 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest score defended 274/6 (41 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

STATS - T20

Total matches 3
Matches won batting first 2
Matches won bowling first 1
Average 1st Inns scores 163
Average 2nd Inns scores 147
Highest total recorded 195/5 (20 Ov) by ENG vs AUS
Lowest total recorded 155/10 (19.3 Ov) by ENG vs WI
Highest score chased 119/3 (19 Ov) by RSA vs ENG
Lowest score defended 176/9 (20 Ov) by WI vs ENG
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