The Pavilion at Grace Road
|Capacity||6,000 cricket matches / 19,999 music concerts|
|Pavilion End |
|First ODI||11 June 1983:|
India v Zimbabwe
|Last ODI||27 May 1999:|
Scotland v West Indies
|Only women's Test||8–12 August 2006:|
England v India
|First WODI||30 June 1984:|
England v New Zealand
|Last WODI||4 July 2019:|
England v Australia
|As of 5 September 2020|
Grace Road, known for sponsorship reasons as the Uptonsteel County Ground, Grace Road,is a cricket ground in Leicester, England. It is the home ground and administrative base of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
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.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.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, 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.
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.The second and third games were both in the 1999 World Cup. In the second Zimbabwe beat India by three runs, and in the third the West Indies beat Scotland by eight wickets.
One WTest century has been scored at the venue.
|1||115||Claire Taylor||England||233||India||3||8 August 2006||Drawn|
Five WODI centuries have been scored at the venue.
|1||106||Heather Knight||England||109||Pakistan||1||27 June 2017||Won|
|2||137||Natalie Sciver||England||92||Pakistan||1||27 June 2017||Won|
|3||104*||Deandra Dottin||West Indies||76||Pakistan||1||11 July 2017||Won|
|4||117*||Sophie Devine||New Zealand||116||England||2||13 July 2018||Won|
|5||114||Tammy Beaumont||England||115||Australia||1||4 July 2019||Lost|
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.
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