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Lord's Old Ground was a
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cricket
venue in
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that was established by
Thomas Lord Thomas Lord (23 November 1755 – 13 January 1832) was an English professional cricketer who played first-class cricket from 1787 to 1802. He made a brief comeback, playing in one further match in 1815. Overall, Lord made 90 known appearances ...
in 1787. It was used mainly by
Marylebone Cricket Club Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is a cricket club founded in 1787 and based since 1814 at Lord's Cricket Ground Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord's, is a cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played betw ...
for major matches until 1810, after which a dispute about rent caused Lord to relocate.


Matches

The first match known to have been played at Lord's Old Ground was
White Conduit Club The White Conduit Club (WCC) was a cricket club based on the northern fringes of London that existed between about 1782 until 1788. Although short-lived, it had considerable significance in the history of the game, as its members created Lord's O ...
v Middlessex on Monday 21 May 1787.
Arthur Haygarth Arthur Haygarth (4 August 1825 – 1 May 1903) was a noted amateur cricketer who became one of cricket's most significant historians. He played first-class cricket for the Marylebone Cricket Club and Sussex County Cricket Club, Sussex between 1 ...
, ''Scores & Biographies'', Volume 1 (1744-1826), Lillywhite, 1862
The first regular cricket fixture at Lord's which continues today was the annual
Eton v Harrow The Eton v Harrow cricket match is an annual match between Public school (United Kingdom), public school rivals Eton College and Harrow School. It is one of the longest-running annual sporting fixtures in the world and the only annual school cri ...
match which was first played on the Old Ground in 1805. The inaugural
Gentlemen v Players Gentlemen v Players was a long-running series of English first-class cricket First-class cricket is the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is one of three or more days' scheduled ...
match took place at the Old Ground in July 1806.


Location

Lord's Old Ground was on the site of what is now
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. Lord relocated in 1811 to
Lord's Middle Ground Lord's Middle Ground was a cricket venue in London that was established by Thomas Lord in 1811. It was used mainly by Marylebone Cricket Club for major matches until 1813, after which Lord was obliged to relocate because the land was requisitioned ...
, a site at Lisson Grove in the vicinity of
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Regent's Park
but he lost that venue after only three years because the land was requisitioned for a canal cutting. In 1814, he opened the present
Lord's Cricket Ground Lord's Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord's, is a cricket Cricket is a Bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, field at the centre of which is a cricket pitch, pitch ...
, formerly a duckpond in
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. A commemorative plaque was unveiled in Dorset Square by
Andrew Strauss Sir Andrew John Strauss (born 2 March 1977) is an English cricket administrator and former player, formerly the Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). He played county cricket for Middlesex County Cricket Club, Midd ...

Andrew Strauss
on 9 May 2006.


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