Lord's honours boards

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The honours board commemorating English centuries

The Lord's honours boards are boards in the Lord's Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, England that commemorate cricket players who have scored a century or taken 5 wickets in an innings in a Test match at Lord's.[1]

Locations[edit]

The honours boards are located in the dressing rooms in the pavilion with the boards commemorating England players in the home dressing room,[2] and the boards commemorating players from other nationalities in the away dressing room.[3] Both dressing rooms have separate boards for batting and bowling.

In 2010 to coincide with Lord's serving as a neutral venue for a Test match between Pakistan and Australia, the Marylebone Cricket Club created a "neutral" honours board to be placed in the away dressing room. This board was intended to commemorate players who reached the qualification criteria in test matches not involving England at Lord's.[4] The first players listed on these new boards were Warren Bardsley and Charles Kellaway as they had both scored centuries at Lord's in a neutral Test for Australia against South Africa in 1912.[5]

Achievement[edit]

It is a considered a great distinction to be named on either the batting or bowling honours boards. To be named on both is an exceptional achievement and only eight players have managed this. Those players are England's Gubby Allen, Ray Illingworth, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad along with Australia's Keith Miller, the West Indies' Sir Garfield Sobers, and India's Vinoo Mankad.[6] A number of very distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fordyce, Tom (2012-05-18). "England v West Indies: Andrew Strauss finds form with century". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  2. ^ Wilson, Andy (2012-05-17). "Stuart Broad says joining Lord's bowling elite is a 'huge honour'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  3. ^ Selvey, Mike (2012-05-20). "First Test day four report". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  4. ^ "Pakistan v Australia: Watson's surprising honour". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  5. ^ "Aussies get on honour board at Lord's". Sydney Morning Herald. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Dean (2012-05-18). "England v West Indies: Stuart Broad's six-wicket haul puts England in charge". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  7. ^ Walters, Mike (2011-07-26). "Sachin Tendulkar joins long list of 'greats' to miss out on Lord's honours board". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2013-01-01.