List of Warwickshire County Cricket Club grounds

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Interior view of the Edgbaston cricket stadium with a small number of people in the stands
Edgbaston Cricket Ground was first used in 1894 and has staged the vast majority of Warwickshire's games.

Warwickshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 member clubs of the English County Championship, representing the historic county of Warwickshire. The club was established on 8 April 1882 and has played first-class cricket since 1894,[1] List A cricket since 1963,[2] and Twenty20 cricket since 2003.[3][A] Unlike most professional sports, in which a team usually has a single fixed home ground, county cricket clubs have traditionally used different grounds in various towns and cities within the county for home matches, although the use of minor "out grounds" has diminished since the 1980s.[4][5] Warwickshire have played first class, List A, or Twenty20 matches at eleven different grounds. Six of these grounds are or were located in the cities of Birmingham and Coventry, which no longer lie within the county of Warwickshire due to changes in the county boundaries in England in 1974.[6]

The county's debut home match in first-class cricket was played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham against Kent in 1894.[7] At this time the ground stood on land owned by the Gough-Calthorpe family, who had developed the manor of Edgbaston into an exclusive Birmingham suburb during the 19th century, and believed that a cricket ground would enhance the image of the district. Warwickshire had previously considered locating their headquarters in Rugby or Leamington Spa, but secretary William Ansell considered Birmingham more suitable due to its large population and railway connections.[8] Edgbaston has remained the club's primary ground, hosting the majority of the club's matches, and also played host to the club's first home fixtures in the other formats of the game; in List A cricket in 1964 against Hampshire; and in Twenty20 cricket against Glamorgan in 2003. Since 1902 the ground has also hosted matches played by the England cricket team.[7]

Warwickshire played all their matches at Edgbaston until 1903, when they played at the Bulls Head Ground in Coventry, which was used once a year until 1919, other than during the First World War. Over 70 years later, the club returned to the ground for three matches in the early 1990s.[9] Prior to the First World War the club also played first-class matches at Arlington Avenue in Leamington Spa and Weddington Road in Nuneaton. In the interwar years, the county began to play matches at The Butts Ground and Morris Motors Ground in Coventry, the Griff and Coton Ground in Nuneaton and the Mitchells and Butlers' Ground in Birmingham. Of these grounds, only the latter two continued to be used after the Second World War. In 1946 the county began to use the Courtaulds Ground in Coventry and continued to play there until the 1980s.

The only ground other than Edgbaston used by Warwickshire for first-class or List A cricket in the 21st century is Swans Nest Lane in Stratford-upon-Avon. Having only previously played a single match there in 1951, Warwickshire returned to the ground to play one first-class match in each of 2004 and 2005 as well as a single List A match in the latter year. Additionally, the county played a Twenty20 match at Rugby School in 2013 and planned to make this an annual occurrence, although the match scheduled for 2014 was abandoned without any play taking place due to bad weather.[10] Some of the grounds formerly used by the county still play host to matches at lower levels of the sport, such as those in Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon, which are used regularly by club teams playing in the Birmingham and District Premier League. Others, however, are disused, such as the Courtaulds Ground in Coventry, which in 2011 was reported to be overgrown and derelict, with only one wall of the pavilion still standing.[11]

Grounds

Below is a complete list of grounds used by Warwickshire County Cricket Club for first-class, List A and Twenty20 matches. Statistics are complete through to the end of the 2014 season. Only matches played by Warwickshire CCC at the grounds are recorded in the table. Matches abandoned without any play occurring are not included.

Name Location First-class List A Twenty20
First Last Matches First Last Matches First Last Matches
Edgbaston Cricket Ground[12] Birmingham 14 May 1894
v Kent
23 September 2014
v Durham
1,251[7] 27 May 1964
v Hampshire
4 September 2014
v Kent
471[13] 20 June 2003
v Glamorgan
23 August 2014
v Lancashire
60[14]
Bulls Head Ground[15] Coventry 9 July 1903
v Gentlemen of Philadelphia
16 June 1992
v Middlesex
15[9] 0[B] 0
Arlington Avenue[16] Leamington Spa 29 June 1905
v Hampshire
23 May 1910
v Sussex
4[17] 0 0
Weddington Road[18] Nuneaton 3 June 1912
v Leicestershire
2 July 1914
v Sussex
3[19] 0 0
The Butts Ground[20] Coventry 15 July 1925
v Leicestershire
19 July 1930
v Hampshire
10[21] 0 0
Griff and Coton Ground[22] Nuneaton 21 June 1930
v Leicestershire
7 June 1989
v Derbyshire
26[23] 24 August 1969
v Lancashire
22 June 1980
v Northamptonshire
2[24] 0
Morris Motors Ground[25] Coventry 11 July 1931
v Northamptonshire
9 July 1932
v Leicestershire
2[26] 0 0
Mitchells and Butlers' Ground[27] Birmingham 5 July 1931
v Kent
14 June 1961
v Cambridge University
13[28] 0 0
Courtaulds Ground[29] Coventry 15 June 1946
v Hampshire
14 August 1982
v Middlesex
56[30] 13 May 1972
v Leicestershire
5 June 1983
v Derbyshire
8[31] 0
Swans Nest Lane[32] Stratford-upon-Avon 20 June 1951
v Oxford University
25 May 2005
v Hampshire
3[33] 29 May 2005
v Scotland
no other matches to date 1[34][B] 0
Rugby School Ground[35] Rugby 0 0 6 July 2013
v Glamorgan
no other matches to date 1[36]

Notes

A. ^ First-class cricket matches are designed to be contested over multiple days, with each team permitted two innings with no limit to the number of overs in an innings. List A matches are intended to be completed in a single day and restrict each team to a single innings of between 40 and 60 overs, depending on the specific competition. Twenty20 matches restrict each team to a single innings of 20 overs.

B. ^ The Warwickshire Cricket Board team played one List A match at Swans Nest Lane in 2000 and three List A matches at the Bulls Head Ground between 2001 and 2002. The Warwickshire Cricket Board is a separate organisation from Warwickshire County Cricket Club and its matches are not included in the totals.

References

  1. ^ Marshall, Ian (2015). Playfair Cricket Annual 2015. Hachette UK. p. 2014. ISBN 978-1472212184. 
  2. ^ "List A Matches played by Warwickshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played by Warwickshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Glover, Andrew (10 April 2013). "Remembering Yorkshire County Cricket Club's out grounds". BBC News. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Stockton, Edward (13 June 2006). "Out of town but not out of favour". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Engel, Matthew (2014). Engel's England: Thirty-nine counties, one capital and one man. Profile Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84765-928-6. 
  7. ^ a b c "First-Class Matches played on Edgbaston, Birmingham (1,319)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Hignell, Andrew (2002). Rain stops play: cricketing climates. London: Routledge. p. 63. ISBN 0-7146-5173-7. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "First-Class Matches played on Bulls Head Ground, Coventry (15)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Rodger, James (9 February 2015). "Warwickshire CCC announce return to Rugby for match with Sussex Sharks". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  11. ^ "Grounds for concern: Author traces history of disappearing cricket pitches". Coventry Telegraph. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Edgbaston, Birmingham". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "List A Matches played on Edgbaston, Birmingham (526)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played on Edgbaston, Birmingham (81)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bulls Head Ground, Coventry". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Arlington Avenue, Leamington Spa (4)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Weddington Road, Nuneaton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Weddington Road, Nuneaton (3)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Butts Ground, Coventry". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "First-Class Matches played on The Butts Ground, Coventry (10)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Griff and Coton Ground, Nuneaton". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  23. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Griff and Coton Ground, Nuneaton (26)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  24. ^ "List A Matches played on Griff and Coton Ground, Nuneaton (2)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  25. ^ "Morris Motors Ground, Coventry". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  26. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Morris Motors Ground, Coventry (2)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  27. ^ "Mitchell's and Butler's Ground, Birmingham". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  28. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Mitchell's and Butler's Ground, Birmingham (13)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  29. ^ "Courtaulds Ground, Coventry". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  30. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Courtaulds Ground, Coventry (56)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  31. ^ "List A Matches played on Courtaulds Ground, Coventry (8)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  32. ^ "Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  33. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon (3)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  34. ^ "List A Matches played on Swans Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon (1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  35. ^ "Rugby School Ground, Rugby". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  36. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played on Rugby School Ground, Rugby (1)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
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