LORD’s GROUND – PART II
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ENGLAND WINS WORLD CUP 2019
England’s Wait was over at last On July 14, 2019, a golden day in the annals of England’s cricket as England was declared Winner in the Finals at LORD’s. A World cup that was eluding them from its inception in 1975. And they have become One-day International cricket champions with that win. Of course England were the favourites to win this title after they beat Australia in the Semifinals. . But a lot of drama unfolded on the night.
WORLD CUP 2019 FINAL DRAMA
England needed nine runs to get off three balls to win the World Cup. Trent Boult bowls a low full toss, and Ben Stokes – batting like a demigod – batters the ball to deep midwicket, where Martin Guptill swoops in, and fires off a rapid throw. A kinetic freak event transpires. The thrown ball hits the thrown bat, though neither thrower intended this. It skims off behind the keeper, where no fielder ever stands and the ball races to the boundary and Kumar Dharmasena, the leg umpire erroneously granted 6 six runs for this overthrow which had impacted on the final result of the World Cup Final. Kumar Dharmasena , the in the eye of storm of Kiwis cricket fans as his wrong decision in the final over of in the World cup Final tipped the game in favour of England, and conceivably changed the tournament’s outcome as the final scores were TIED at the end of 100 overs bowled by both teams.
“Next on the agenda: Better binoculars for the ice spotters on the Titanic,” wrote James Neesham, (the New Zealand all rounder who faced the super over) a wry comment on Twitter after the World cup fiasco.
ENGLAND WINS THE WORLD CUP 2019
The 48 day Mega event of the One-day International World Cup ended in an anti-climax as the 100 overs bowled in the final between England & New zeland couldn’t decide which was the best team of the tournament. And neither the one SUPER OVER as both the team’s scores were TIED in Super Over also.. And a ludicrous law ( of course now it was changed by the ICC after this fiasco) of “ which teams scored more boundaries in the course of the 50 over match was the winner “applied to England team and England was declared as the winner, much to the chagrin of the shell shocked New Zealand team.
LORD’S GROUND DESCRIPTION
The main entrance to the ground is from St. John’s Wood Road through the Grace Gates and is used by members and their guests. The public gain entrance through the North entrance and North gate and through the East Gate and adjoining turnstiles in St. John’s Wood Road.
All the buildings in the ground are permanent. The pavilion is the centre-piece and includes the famous ’Long Room’.
The playing area is 152 x 133 meters .
The Lord’s Tavern is situated next to Grace Gates and adjoining the Banqueting Suite. There are two souvenir shops on the ground.
There are facilities for disabled persons.
FIRST AT LORD’S
- MCC issues its First Code of Cricket Laws in 1788 and is still in use
- Lord’s hosts its First ever Test in 1884 Versus Australia
- Its First Ever ODI in 1972 with Australia
- West Indies wins FIRST EVER World cup (ODI) in 1975
- Its First ever women’s ODI against Australia in 1976
- Its first ever Day night match a T20 match Middlesex Vs Surrey
Lord’s hosted 139 tests , including neutral tests till date out of which England won 55 tests and lost 32 tests and drew 50 tests. It also hosted first three World cups (Prudential World cup)
- England’s left arm spinner Hedley Verity takes 14 wickets in a day on 25th June, 1934 against Australia as Aussies suffer a humiliating defeat of an Innings & 38 runs
- In June 1974, England scored its largest victory in Tests here against India by an Innings & 285 runs when India was dismissed then the lowest score of 42 runs in the second innings at Lord’s
- In 1979 World Cup Final Viv Richards hit a magnificent 139 runs
- Lord’s hosts the Centenary Test between England and Australia in 1980 summer as a one-off Test to mark the occasion of 100 years of Test cricket in England . But it was marred by ugly behavior of MCC members including manhandling of one of the Umpires David Constant. The test resulted in a draw due to bad weather
- in 1983 in a league stage match in the World cup, India’s Kapil Dev hit a whirlwind 175 his career best against Zimbabwe to take the team out of woods when it was tottering at 5 for 17 runs
- In 1993 England Eve’s team beat New Zealand by 67 runs to win the Women’s World cup Final
- 1999 Australia beat Pakistan by 8 wickets to win the World cup final
- 2000 England beat West Indies in its 100th Test at Lord’s
- 2003 Greame Smith of South Africa scored 259 runs the highest Test innings by a visiting batsman at Lord’s beating Don Bradman’s favorite knock 254 in 1930
- 2009 – Pakistan beat Srilanka in the ICC World T20 Final
- 2012- Lord’s hosts the OLYMPIC ARCHERY event
- 2015 – Ben Stokes of England scored FASTEST TEST CENTURY at Lord’s on day 4 of the first test between Eng & New zealand. He scored century in 85 balls.
- 2017 – England Eve’s team defeat India by 9 runs to win the ICC Women’s ODI World Cup final
- 2019 – England wins the ICC Men’s World cup beating New zealand
- 2019 – Ireland play their first Test after getting Test status at Lord’s and created a dubious record of Lowest Test innings score of 38 runs in their 2nd innings