County Cricket Ground, Northampton
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County Ground in September 2008
|Wantage Road End
Lynn Wilson End
|First ODI||19 May 1999:
South Africa v Sri Lanka
|Last ODI||31 May 1999:
Bangladesh v Pakistan
|Only women's Test||12–15 June 1937:
England v Australia
|First WODI||9 July 1999:
England v India
|Last WODI||13 August 2004:
England v New Zealand
|First WT20I||22 August 2008:
England v South Africa
|Last WT20I||3 September 2014:
England v South Africa
|As of 26 April 2017
It is known to be a venue which favours spinners, and in the last County Championship game of 2005, Northamptonshire's two spin bowlers Jason Brown and Monty Panesar took all 20 wickets for Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire played their first match at the ground in 1886 before competing in the Minor Counties Championship competition between 1895 and 1904, winning the title three times. They were accepted into the County Championship and played their first first-class match at the ground on 5 June 1905. Northamptonshire drew with Leicestershire in a rain-hit match that only permitted 75 overs of play.
Northampton Town F.C., also known as 'the Cobblers', played their home games for 97 years at the County Ground between 1897 and 1994. The ground only had three sides with an open side due to the size of the cricket field.
The team began in the Northants League working upward through various leagues before being elected to The Football League in 1920. The team played in all four main divisions during their tenure at the County Ground. Between 1958 and 1965 the team rose from Division 4 all the way to the top tier, the First Division, where they stayed for only one season – 1965–66. Subsequently, the team then fell into decline, being relegated to the Fourth Division in 1970.
From the 1970s to the 1990s team occupied Division 3 and Division 4 with the team finishing at the bottom of the league in 1994. However, they stayed in the league as the stadium of Kidderminster Harriers, the Football Conference winners, did not meet the standard required for promotion. By this stage, however, construction work on the new all-seater Sixfields Stadium had started. The new stadium was still under construction when the 1994–95 season began, and so the club began that season still at the County Ground.
While the two sports clubs shared the ground, the cricket club's address was 'Wantage Road' whereas the football club's address was 'Abington Avenue'.