Headingley Cricket Ground

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Headingley Cricket Ground
Headingley Cricket Stadium.jpg
Ground information
LocationSt. Michael's Lane, Headingley, Leeds
Coordinates53°49′3.58″N 1°34′55.12″W / 53.8176611°N 1.5819778°W / 53.8176611; -1.5819778
OwnerYorkshire County Cricket Club
End names
Kirkstall Lane End HeadingleyCricketGroundPitchDimensions.svg
Football Stand End
International information
First Test29 June – 1 July 1899:
 England v  Australia
Last Test22–26 August 2019:
 England v  Australia
First ODI5 September 1973:
 England v  West Indies
Last ODI6 July 2019:
 India v  Sri Lanka
First women's Test12–16 June 1954:
 England v  New Zealand
Last women's Test6–10 July 2001:
 England v  Australia
Only WODI7 July 2018:
 England v  New Zealand
Team information
Yorkshire (1891–present)
As of 5 September 2020
Source: ESPNcricinfo

Headingley Cricket Ground, known for sponsorship reasons as Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground, is a cricket ground in the Headingley Stadium complex in Leeds, England. It adjoins the Headingley Rugby Stadium through a shared main stand, although the main entrance to the cricket ground is at the opposite Kirkstall Lane end. It has hosted Test cricket since 1899 and has a capacity of 18,350.

Notable sporting moments[edit]

The Leonard Hutton Gates at the Headingley Stadium
The Players Pavilion (now demolished) in 1983.
The Emerald Stand in 2021

In 1902, Yorkshire beat the touring Australians by five wickets, after dismissing them for 23 in their second innings with George Herbert Hirst and Stanley Jackson taking five wickets each.

Donald Bradman's innings of 334 in the 1930 Ashes Test included 309 runs on the first day, and he followed it in the Australians' next test at Headingley in 1934 with an innings of 304.

Spinner Hedley Verity took 10 wickets for 10 runs in 1932 for Yorkshire v. Nottinghamshire, still the best bowling analysis ever in first-class cricket. Verity had also taken all ten against Warwickshire at Headingley in 1931.

In the Fourth Test of the 1948 Ashes series, Australia scored 404 for three on the last day to beat England. Arthur Morris scored 182 and Bradman scored 173 not out.

In the Third Test against New Zealand in 1965 John Edrich hit 53 fours and 5 sixes in his 310 not out. Captain M. J. K. Smith declared before Edrich had a chance to pass Gary Sobers' Test record 365 not out, and England won by an innings and 187 runs.[2]

In the third test match of the 1975 Ashes series (a four-Test series), early on Tuesday 19 August head groundsman George Cawthray discovered that campaigners calling for the release from prison of George Davis had dug holes in the pitch and poured oil over one end of the wicket. This led to the match being abandoned and declared a draw, denying England the chance to win back the Ashes.[3]

In the 1977 Ashes test, Geoff Boycott scored his hundredth first-class hundred. Four days later, by winning the same game, England won the series and regained the Ashes.

In the third Test of the 1981 Ashes England were forced to follow on. However Ian Botham scored 149 not out, and then Bob Willis took eight wickets for 43, to give England an eventual 18-run victory. Two members of the Australian team had taken the 500–1 odds. This was only the second time in the entire history of Test cricket that a side had followed-on and won; something which would not occur again until 2001.[4]

Headingley during 2001 Test series

In the Test of 1991, Graham Gooch scored a match-winning 154 not out, carrying his bat throughout England's second innings of 252, against the West Indies including Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

In a game they had to win to stay in the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, the eventual cup-winners Australia chased down South Africa's 271 for seven after being 48 for three. Steve Waugh, who had been dropped by Herschelle Gibbs as he attempted to throw the ball up in celebration, scored 120 not out.[5]

In 2000, England dismissed the West Indies for 61 to win in two days, with Andrew Caddick taking four wickets in an over. England won again seven years later in 2007, as Ryan Sidebottom took eight wickets for 86 in two innings as England subjected the Windies to their worst Test defeat ever, an innings and 283 runs.

In August 2001, England successfully chased 315 to beat Australia, with Mark Butcher scoring an unbeaten 173 as England won by six wickets.[6] However, in August 2009 in the 4th test of The Ashes series, Australia beat England in 2½ days by an innings and 80 runs. Australia took twenty wickets with an attack without a spin bowler. England's middle order batsmen (Ravi Bopara, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood) scored 16 runs between them in two innings. However, these were rogue results, with the 2009 series being won by England and the 2001 series won by Australia.

On 17 August 2017, Yorkshire Vikings posted the highest ever T20 score in English domestic cricket of 260–4, with Adam Lyth scoring the highest individual score (161) in English T20 domestic cricket.

Twelve days later, Shai Hope scored two centuries in the test match between England cricket team and West Indies cricket team, making him the first batsman in first-class cricket at Headingley to score a century in both innings of a match.

The ground during a T20 game against Durham Jets

It hosted four matches at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.[7]

On 25 August 2019, England chased down their highest ever fourth innings target in the third Test of the 2019 Ashes series against Australia. England scored 362-9 to win, with Ben Stokes scoring 135*, while being latterly partnered by Jack Leach who scored 1*.

In Tests, the highest team score posted here is 653-4 dec by Australia against England in 1993. The leading run scorers here are Don Bradman - 963 runs, Geoff Boycott - 897 runs and John Edrich - 849 runs. The leading wicket takers are Stuart Broad - 46 wickets, Fred Trueman - 44 wickets and Bob Willis - 40 wickets.[8]

In ODIs, the highest team score posted here is 351-9 by England against Pakistan on 19 May 2019. The leading run scorers here are Eoin Morgan - 477 runs, Joe Root - 421 runs and Marcus Trescothick - 408 runs. The leading wicket takers are Chris Old - 12 wickets, Adil Rashid - 12 wickets and Ian Botham - 11 wickets.

Other events[edit]

Headingley Cricket Ground's first concert occurred on Friday 18 September 2015 when ska band Madness performed in front of an audience of 7,500.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The many shapes of England's cricket stadiums". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 July 2019.
  2. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. 13 July 1965. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  3. ^ "1975: Davis campaigners stop Test match". BBC. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2010.
  4. ^ "In Depth | The Ashes". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 15 July 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  5. ^ "9th Super Six Match: Australia v South Africa at Leeds". 13 June 1999. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  6. ^ "4th Test: England v Australia at Leeds". 16–20 August 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  7. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 schedule announced". ICC. 16 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Headingley, Leeds Cricket Team Records & Stats | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 August 2019.
  9. ^ "British pop icons Madness to perform at Headingley". Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Madness prove to be a big hit – at Headingley". Yorkshire Evening Post. 19 September 2015. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.

Coordinates: 53°49′01″N 1°34′56″W / 53.81694°N 1.58222°W / 53.81694; -1.58222