Batsford Road

Batsford Road, sometimes known as Moreton-in-Marsh Cricket Club Ground, is a cricket ground in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire. The ground is located off the Batsford Road as it leaves Moreton-in-Marsh. It played host to first-class and List A cricket matches for Gloucestershire County Cricket Club between 1884 and 1996.

Batsford Road
Ground information
LocationMoreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Coordinates51°59′39″N 1°42′24″W / 51.9943°N 1.7067°W / 51.9943; -1.7067
Establishment1856
Capacity5,000
End names
Batsford Road End
Pavilion End
Team information
Gloucestershire (1884–1996)
As of 11 September 2010
Source: Ground profile

HistoryEdit

Moreton-in-Marsh Cricket Club was founded in 1856, with the club having played at the ground since. The land on which the ground was constructed was originally owned by Baron Redesdale of the Mitford family.[1] The ground played a role in popularising croquet, hosting the Croquet Open Championship in 1867, which was won by the pioneer of the sport Walter Whitmore,[2] and hosting the first all-comers meeting for the sport in 1868.[3] Gloucestershire first played first-class cricket at the ground in 1884 against Yorkshire, with the Gloucestershire side being captained by W. G. Grace. In 1886, Gloucestershire played Nottinghamshire there, with Nottinghamshire captain Arthur Shrewsbury making an unbeaten double-century.[1] Gloucestershire played one first-class match there a year until 1888, before returning to the ground in 1914 when they played Worcestershire in the County Championship,[4] with this match being notable for Arthur Conway's 15 wickets in the match.[1] With the advent of List A one-day cricket, Gloucestershire returned to the ground after a 58 year absence when they played Hampshire in the 1972 Benson & Hedges Cup. Gloucestershire played one one-day match per season there until 1996 (with the exception of 1982 and 1995), mostly in the Sunday League.[5]

The ground originally did not have a pavilion, with club members deciding to purchase a tent to serve the purpose in the year the ground opened.[1] A pavilion was constructed in 1925,[6] The club spent money on improving drainage, which had become a problem following heavy rain.[1] Matches at Batsford Road were well attended, with crowds of 4,500–5,000 attending for county matches; these were helped by Gloucestershire scheduling fixtures against Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, whose county headquarters were all closer to Moreton-in-Marsh than Gloucestershire's own headquarters at Bristol was, therefore attracting a large number of visiting spectators.[6] The ground also has facilities for tennis and field hockey.[1] The ground is also the subject of a painting by the artist and former Gloucestershire cricketer Jack Russell.[6]

RecordsEdit

First-classEdit

List AEdit

  • Highest team total: 269 for 8 by Gloucestershire v Kent, 1988[12]
  • Lowest team total: 70 all out by Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, 1972[13]
  • Highest individual innings: 121 not out by Bill Athey for Gloucestershire v Worcestershire, 1985[14]
  • Best bowling in an innings: 5-23 by Tim Munton, for Warwickshire v Gloucestershire, 1990[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Powell, William (1989). The Wisden Guides To Cricket Grounds. London: Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd. pp. 133–6. ISBN 009173830X.
  2. ^ Levinson, David; Christensen, Karen (1999). Encyclopedia of World Sport. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 90. ISBN 9780195131956.
  3. ^ The Encyclopaedia Britannica. Vol. 6. Ad. and Charles Black. 1877. p. 608. ISBN 009173830X.
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  5. ^ "List A Matches played on Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Jones, Martin. "From W. G. Grace to Jack Russell: Moreton's Famous Cricket Ground" (PDF). www.moretontimes.co.uk. pp. 18–9. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Gloucestershire v Somerset, 1885". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Lowest Team Totals in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Centuries in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Seven Wickets in an Innings in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  11. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Most Wickets in a Match in first-class cricket". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Highest Team Totals in List A matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Lowest Team Totals in List A matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Centuries in List A matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Batsford Road, Moreton-in-Marsh - Five Wickets in an Innings in List A matches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 August 2021.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°59′39″N 1°42′24″W / 51.9943°N 1.7067°W / 51.9943; -1.7067