|Location||West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England|
|Tenants||Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club|
Radcliffe Road End
|First Test||3 June 1899: England v Australia|
|Last Test||10 July 2013: England v Australia|
|First ODI||31 August 1974: England v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||05 June 2013: England v New Zealand|
|Domestic team information|
|As of 15 December 2007
Trent Bridge is a Test, One-day international and County cricket ground located in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England and 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 River Trent and is also close to Meadow Lane and the City Ground, the football stadia of Notts County and Nottingham Forest respectively.
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, for 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 serene 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. Some consider the only downside to the ground to be the tower block next to the Radcliffe Road stand which was built on a plot of land leased to the County Council since the 1960s but its actually the whole ground as it is made up of a mish mash of different stands which make the outfield a very strange shape and not a traditional oval.
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 will increase capacity from 15,358 to more than 17,000, and the work has been completed in time for the 2008 Test match against New Zealand. The stand was officially opened on 5 June by Prince Philip. The stand is yet to be given an official name, with the club awaiting a sponsorship deal, and continues to be referred to as simply the "New Stand" on tickets and ground plans at present.
Bowling takes place from the Pavilion End and the Radcliffe Road End, with the wickets laid square of the Fox Road, William Clarke and new stands.
Test match records
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 88, scored by South Africa against England in 1960. Denis Compton scored 278 against Pakistan in 1954, and Bernard Bosanquet (the bowler who first developed the googly) took 8/107 for England against Australia in 1905. 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.
Rain clouds at Trent Bridge during the Ashes series 2005
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. Unfortunately for the football team, 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.
- List of cricket grounds in England and Wales
- List of Test cricket grounds
- List of international cricket centuries at Trent Bridge
- History of Test cricket (1890 to 1900)
- Wynne-Thomas, Peter. "A Brief History of Trent Bridge". espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
- Ashes ground guide: Trent Bridge
- Trent Bridge History
- Lifting Trent Bridge to the next level, Notts CCC website, retrieved 20 November 2006.
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- Wisden, 2nd Test, England v India, by Ravi Shastri, retrieved: 8 July, 2013
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- Official website
- Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
- Cricinfo's Trent Bridge homepage
- An informative and historical article about Trent Bridge