Grace Road

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Grace Road
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The Pavilion at Grace Road
Ground information
Location Leicester, England
Establishment1878
Capacity6,000 cricket matches / 19,999 music concerts
End names
Pavilion End GraceRoadCricketGroundPitchDimensions.svg
Bennett End
International information
First ODI11 June 1983:
Flag of India.svg  India v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Last ODI27 May 1999:
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland v WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies
Only women's Test8–12 August 2006:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of India.svg  India
First WODI30 June 1984:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Last WODI4 July 2019:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Team information
Leicestershire (1894 present)
As of 5 September 2020
Source: CricketArchive

Grace Road, known for sponsorship reasons as the Uptonsteel County Ground, Grace Road, [1] is a cricket ground in Leicester, England. It is the home ground and administrative base of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.

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History

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The Bennett End of the ground
The Meet (right) Grace Road The Meet.jpg
The Meet (right)

Leicestershire County Cricket Club bought in 1877 the land on which Grace Road now stands from the then Duke of Rutland, and spent the massive sum of £40,000 on developing a cricket club, athletic track and hotel. [2] The first match played there took place three months later, when Leicestershire played a touring Australia team. Contrary to popular belief, the road was named after Grace Margaret Yearby, the daughter of a local property owner Edward John Yearby, not W. G. Grace.

Leicestershire left the Grace Road site in 1901 due to lack of public transport to the ground causing low crowds. [3] They moved to a site near to Aylestone Road in order to be closer to the city centre. Leicestershire did eventually return to Grace Road in 1946, after the end of the Second World War, [4] and have been based there ever since, re-purchasing the land in 1966.

The record attendance is 16,000 who watched the match against the touring 1948 Australians.

International cricket

Three One Day Internationals have been played at Grace Road, although none has involved England.

In the 1983 Cricket World Cup eventual winners India, chasing a target of 156, beat Zimbabwe by five wickets. [5] The second and third games were both in the 1999 World Cup. In the second Zimbabwe beat India by three runs, [6] and in the third the West Indies beat Scotland by eight wickets. [7]

International centuries

Women's Test centuries

One WTest century has been scored at the venue. [8]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamInningsDateResult
1115 Claire Taylor Flag of England.svg  England Flag of India.svg  India 38 August 2006Drawn

Women's One-Day International centuries

Five WODI centuries have been scored at the venue. [9]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamInningsDateResult
1106 Heather Knight Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 127 June 2017Won
2137 Natalie Sciver Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 127 June 2017Won
3104* Deandra Dottin WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 111 July 2017Won
4117* Sophie Devine Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Flag of England.svg  England 213 July 2018Won
5114 Tammy Beaumont Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14 July 2019Lost

Dimensions

In front of the wicket at both ends the pitch is measured at 56 metres, while square of the wicket on both sides the dimensions are recorded as 76 metres. This is larger than most county grounds, but smaller than some of England's major international venues such as the Oval.

See also

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References

  1. https://www.leicestershireccc.co.uk/news/2021/january/welcome-to-the-uptonsteel-county-ground.html
  2. Grounds - Grace Road, Leicester
  3. History of Leicestershire
  4. Main Developments at Grace Road 1878-2007 Archived 2008-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  5. India v Zimbabwe 1983
  6. India v Zimbabwe 1999 Archived 2012-09-19 at Archive.today
  7. Scotland v West Indies 1999
  8. "Statistics / Statsguru / Women's Test Matches / Batting records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  9. "Statistics / Statsguru / Women's One-Day International Matches / Batting records". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2019.

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