Hawker's Sports Ground

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Hawker's Sports Ground, now known as the Hawker Centre
Ground information
Location Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey
Establishment 1944 (first recorded match)
Team information
Surrey (1946)
South (1947–1952)
Surrey and Kent (1947)
East (1948)
England XI (1950–1953)
Combined Services (1953)
As of 29 August 2010
Source: Ground profile

Hawker's Sports Ground (now known as the Hawker Centre) was built and owned by the Hawker Aircraft company who had factories in Kingston-upon-Thames. The ground was known prior to 1948 as the Leyland Motors Ground, due to Hawker leasing their factory to Leyland Motors, a lease which expired in 1948. The aircraft factory was demolished in 1990 which alongside storage units were converted into a residential area keeping the sports ground. Since 2001 the ground has been maintained by the YMCA London South West under a lease by the Borough.[1]

Cricket at the Hawker Sports Ground The first recorded match on the ground was in 1944, when Leyland Athletic played London Counties.[2] The ground hosted its first first-class match in 1946, when Surrey played Hampshire. These first matches were organised to help raise money to repair the damage done to The Oval in the Second World War. A venue for first-class cricket from 1946 to 1953, it hosted first-class cricket for no less than seven teams, with the final first-class match at the ground in 1953 seeing an England XI play a Commonwealth XI.[3]

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Coordinates: 51°25′36″N 0°18′29″W / 51.42657°N 0.30797°W / 51.42657; -0.30797