As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, many sports fans will be looking forward to a summer of cricket, and with the women’s World Cup whetting their appetite, and the inaugural season of The Hundred proving a success last year, there is plenty to get excited about. The Ashes may have disappointed, and the Test tour in Grenada has left a lot to be desired, but with coronavirus restrictions coming to an end, fans can gather in their masses to watch games in the flesh.
The UK boasts a plethora of great cricket grounds, and despite the England side needing a miracle to change the cricket betting odds after their defeat to the West Indies, the Twenty20 campaign still looks set to provide some entertainment, hosted at various stadia around the country. Read on, as we look at some of the best cricket grounds the UK has to offer.
Perhaps one of cricket’s most prestigious grounds, Lord’s is the spiritual home of international cricket and is a ground with a lot of fond recent memories for England fans, ones that will soften the blows of their recent shortcomings. Indeed, London was a hub for cricket in the summer of 2019 when Eoin Morgan’s side captured the World Cup, beating New Zealand at Lord’s as 30,000 fans erupted as England won on a boundary count.
For a team as good as Lancashire, a ground like Old Trafford is exactly what they need, and just a stone’s throw away from Manchester United’s football ground, Talbot Road has seen its own share of memories over the years. The venue is one of the oldest to host Test matches, but hasn’t seen a full house since the pandemic started, with their latest Test between England and Pakistan in the summer of 2020, when coronavirus was still relatively new and matches were played behind closed doors.
Over to the Midlands now, and Nottingham’s Trent Bridge has hosted some exciting Tests over the years — a ground steeped in history. Matches have taken place there since the 1890s and recently held England’s defeat to India in a game that was overshadowed by the weather causing a washout. Trent Rockets ply their trade there in The Hundred and will be looking forward to welcoming 15,000 fans as they look to build on their defeat to Southern Brave last year which defined their campaign.
Back to the capital now, and The Oval, home of Surrey at County level, has a rich history amongst plenty of sports as well as cricket, having hosted the first ever FA Cup final in 1872. Over 150 years later the ground is still in action and now hosts newly formed Hundred outfit Oval Invincibles who narrowly missed out on the eliminator rounds last year, finishing fourth after a lukewarm start.
The Oval could provide the backdrop for England’s redemption arc as they host India and South Africa in international Tests over the summer and into September.