Lord's honours boards
The Lord's honours boards are boards in the Pavilion at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, which commemorate cricket players who have scored a century, taken 5 wickets in a single innings, or taken 10 wickets in a match in either a Test match or One Day International (ODI) at Lord's. The boards initially only included achievements in Tests, but in 2019 boards were added for ODIs, meaning that performances by female cricketers were recognised for the first time.
The honours boards are located in the dressing rooms in the pavilion with the boards commemorating England players in the home dressing room, and the boards commemorating players from other nationalities in the away dressing room. 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 at Lord's not involving England. The first players listed on the batting board 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. The bowling board was then populated when Shane Watson and Marcus North each took five-wicket hauls in the neutral Test against Pakistan.
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 ten players have managed this. These are England's Gubby Allen, Ray Illingworth, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes along with Australia's Keith Miller, the West Indies' Sir Garfield Sobers, and India's Vinoo Mankad. Botham holds the record for the most appearances on the boards, with ten: eight five-wicket innings, one ten-wicket match and one century. A number of distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.
As of September 2018[update], 165 players have earned a place on one of the Test batting honours boards, scoring 237 centuries. There have also been 30 centuries in men's ODIs and four in women's ODIs. For a full list see the list of centuries at Lord's.
As of September 2018[update], there have been 183 Test five-wicket innings at Lord's, spread among 129 players. In men's ODIs there have been nine five-wicket hauls and three in women's ODIs. For a full list see the list of five-wicket hauls at Lord's.
As of September 2018[update], there have been 29 ten-wicket matches earn a spot on the boards, with Derek Underwood the only player to appear twice. Each player taking ten-wickets in a match will appear on the five-wicket board at least once for the same match.
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