Trent Bridge is a cricket ground mostly used for Test, One-day international and County cricket located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England, just across the River Trent from the city of Nottingham. Trent Bridge is also the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. As well as International cricket and Nottinghamshire's home games, the ground has hosted the Finals Day of the Twenty20 Cup twice. In 2009 the ground was used for the ICC World Twenty20 and hosted the semi-final between South Africa and Pakistan. The site takes its name from the nearby main bridge over the Trent, and is also close to Meadow Lane and the City Ground, the football stadia of Notts County and Nottingham Forest respectively.
|Location||West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England|
|Tenants||Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club|
England national cricket team
|Radcliffe Road End |
|First Test||1–3 June 1899:|
England v Australia
|Last Test||18–22 August 2018:|
England v India
|First ODI||31 August 1974:|
England v Pakistan
|Last ODI||12 July 2018:|
England v India
|First T20I||6 June 2009:|
Bangladesh v India
|Last T20I||24 June 2012:|
England v West Indies
|As of 18 August 2018|
Source: Trent Bridge at ESPNcricinfo
Trent Bridge was first used as a cricket ground in the 1830s. The first recorded cricket match was held on an area of ground behind the Trent Bridge Inn in 1838. Trent Bridge hosted its first Test match in 1899, with England playing against Australia.
The ground was first opened in 1841 by William Clarke, husband of the proprietress of the Trent Bridge Inn and himself Captain of the All England Cricket Team. He was commemorated in 1990 by the opening of the new William Clarke Stand which incorporates the Rushcliffe Suite. The West Park Sports Ground in West Bridgford was the private ground of Sir Julien Cahn, a furniture millionaire, who often played host to touring national sides.
Trent Bridge is considered to be one of the best grounds in the world to watch cricket. Trent Bridge's pavilion, kept within the architectural parameters of its 1889 foundation, is thought of as one of the most renowned trademarks of cricket because it faces the wicket at an angle. Recent developments include the £7.2 million Radcliffe Road Cricket Centre, opened in 1998 and the state of the art £1.9 million Fox Road stand, which has received awards for its architectural excellence. The latter includes a modernistic aircraft-wing roof and was opened in 2002 despite a conflict with a small group of local residents over the lack of sunlight that this would cause to their properties.
Commencing in 2007, Trent Bridge has undergone redevelopment with the construction of a new stand to replace the Parr Stand and West Wing and the addition of one to five rows of extra seating at the front of several of the other stands. This increased capacity from 15,358 to 17,500, and the work was completed in time for the 2008 Test match against New Zealand. The stand was officially opened on 5 June by Prince Philip. The stand continued to be officially called the "New Stand" for a number of years, also being referred to as the Bridgford Road Stand, before being renamed the Smith Cooper Stand in a sponsorship deal from March 2016.
Bowling takes place from the Pavilion End and the Radcliffe Road End, with the wickets laid square of the Fox Road, William Clarke and Smith Cooper stands.
Test match recordsEdit
In Test matches held at Trent Bridge, the highest team total is 658 for 8 declared, scored by England against Australia in 1938. The lowest team total is 60, scored by Australia against England in 2015, and Stuart Broad also took 8-15 for England against Australia during the same match, in just one innings, as he did not bowl in the second innings. Denis Compton scored 278 against Pakistan in 1954. Sachin Tendulkar also passed the 11,000 run mark in the npower 2nd Test on Trent Bridge on July 2007. In 2013, Ashton Agar achieved the highest test score by a no. 11 batsman whilst on debut for Australia. Stuart Broad got his 300th test wicket and James Anderson got his 300th home wicket at Trent Bridge. Broad got his during the 8-15 innings, on his first wicket against Chris Rogers. Anderson got his 300th home wicket against South Africa against Dean Elgar on 14 July 2017.
In Tests, the leading run scorers here are Mike Atherton- 1083 runs, Denis Compton- 955 runs and Graham Gooch- 936 runs. The leading wicket takers are James Anderson- 60 wickets, Alec Bedser- 41 wickets, and Stuart Broad- 37 wickets.
In ODIs, the leading run scorers here are Andrew Strauss- 399 runs, Eoin Morgan- 376 runs and Ian Bell- 345 runs. The leading wicket takers are James Anderson- 16 wickets, Stuart Broad- 14 wickets and Waqar Younis- 12 wickets.
Rain clouds at Trent Bridge during the Ashes series 2005
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Trent Bridge has a history of hosting football matches. Notts County Football Club played their important games at the ground from the 1860s, and moved there permanently in 1883 when Nottingham Forest left. However, games early and late in the season had to be played elsewhere due to the cricket and Notts County finally left in 1910, moving to Meadow Lane.
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