Edgbaston Cricket Ground

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, also known as the County Ground or Edgbaston Stadium, is a cricket ground in the Edgbaston area of ​​Birmingham, England.  It is home to the Warwickshire County Cricket Club, and is also used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.  Edgbaston has also hosted the T20 domestic final more than any other cricket ground.

 Edgbaston was the first English ground outside the Lords to host a major international tournament in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.  With permanent seating for around 25,000 spectators, it is the fourth largest cricket venue in England, after the Lords, Old Trafford and The Oval.  

 Edgbaston was the venue for the first senior game under Floodlight in English cricket in the then AXA Life Sunday League between Warwickshire and Somerset in July 1997 and hosted the first day / night Test match played for the West Indies in England in August 2017  .

 The land now forming the Edgbaston Cricket Ground was originally near the Calathor Estate, who have now sold the site on a long lease to Lylam Investments (Edgbaston Holdings).  Calthorpe Estates developed the manor of Edgbaston into a special Birmingham suburb during the 19th century, and believed that a cricket ground would be an asset that would add a genteel image to the area.  The Warwickshire County Cricket Club considered rugby and the Lamington Spa for its headquarters, but the club's secretary, William Ansal, believed Birmingham's large population and extensive railway connections made it better - a first class for the county.  Status and Test status for the field.

 The club initially favored the Wickliffe Ground on Persore Road, but instead offered 12 acres of "bumpy ground" in an undeveloped area along the river by the Caltherap Estate - less attractive development land being more cricket.  To connect with the grounds  with the site being only 20 minutes' walk from New Street station, Warwickshire was given land in 1885 for £ 5 per acre over a period of 21 years  Agreed to lease.  Another £ 1,250 was spent on building and encircling the site and building a wooden pavilion. The first match of the new ground took place against MCC on 7 June 1886, which was watched by 3,000 spectators over two days, 9,000 and 6,000 on 10 August to see Warwickshire in Australia.

 Edgbaston's first Test match was the first in The Ashes series against Australia in 1902, for which the club built permanent stands, two temporary stands and facilities for 90 members of the press.  These developments cost a total of £ 1,500, and Warwickshire's tour funds accounted for only £ 750.

 The first piece of development in the post-war era was the construction of the Rea Banks and Thwet Memorial scoreboards in 1950. An Indoor Cricket School was created in 1956 and in the same year the Pavilion Suite was completed. By the time the William Ansal Stand was opened in 1967, facilities at Edgbaston were considered rival to the Lords. 

 In 1989, executive boxes were added to the rear of the Priory and Raglan stands, and the Sydney Barnes stand was rebuilt and expanded, expanding the ground capacity to 17,500. 

 In July 1997, Edgbaston was the scene of the first competitive Floodlight Day-Night cricket match in Britain.  

The pavilion end on the south side of the land was completely redeveloped between 2010 and 2011 at a cost of £ 32 million, partly paid for by a £ 20 million loan from Birmingham City Council, bringing the capacity of the land to 25,000  Arrived. The demolition of the pavilion - parts of which date back to the 1890s - and Leslie Deakins, RV Rider and William Ansell Stands took place in January 2010, construction of the new South and West Stades began in April 2010 and was completed 66 weeks later. 5 permanent floodlight pylons were erected around the ground at the same time, allowing a duration of up to 15 days of day-night cricket per day.  The new development was officially opened on 25 July 2011 by the Duke of Edinburgh. The first Test match played at the redevelopment site was the third Test vs India on 10 August 2011, which propelled England to the number 1 position in the ICC Test Championship for the first time and finished fourth with an innings and 242 runs.  Did it  match day.

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