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Ground information
LocationCambridge, England
OwnerCambridge University Cricket & Athletics Company Ltd
End names
Pavilion End
Gresham Road End
Team information
Cambridge University Cricket Club (1848 – present)
As of 29 October 2018
Source: CricketArchive
The indoor cricket school

Fenner's is Cambridge University Cricket Club's ground.


Cambridge University Cricket Club had previously played at two grounds in Cambridge, the University Ground and Parker's Piece. In 1846, Francis Fenner leased a former cherry orchard from Gonville and Caius College for the purpose of constructing a cricket ground.[1][2] In 1848 he sub-let the ground to Cambridge University Cricket Club.[3] Fenner's first hosted first-class cricket in 1848, with Cambridge University playing against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[4]

A 40-foot wooden pavilion, painted blue, with a slated roof had been erected by the 1856 season.[5]

Fenner's is also home to the Cambridge MCC University side, a partnership between the University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University and the Marylebone Cricket Club established ahead of the 2010 season.


As well as the cricket ground, there is a 3-lane indoor cricket school.

The groundsman pioneered the art of mowing grass in strips to create patterns, a technique now common in sports stadiums around the world.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fenner's". CricInfo. Retrieved 22 September 2008.
  2. ^ Thomas Henry Case (1899). Memoirs of a King's College Chorister. W.P.Spalding. p. 45.
  3. ^ Powell, William (1989). The Wisden Guides To Cricket Grounds. London: Stanley Paul & Co. Ltd. pp. 393–6. ISBN 009173830X.
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played on FP Fenner's Ground, Cambridge". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Cricketers' Chronicle". Cambridge Chronicle and Journal. 31 May 1856. p. 8.
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (1999). The Invincibles: The Legend of Bradman's 1948 Australians. Mosman, NSW, Australia: Allen and Kemsley. ISBN 1-875171-06-1. p. 103

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Coordinates: 52°12′00.43″N 0°07′54.62″E / 52.2001194°N 0.1318389°E / 52.2001194; 0.1318389