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Wantage Road End, Lynn Wilson Centre End
Northamptonshire
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After disputes with their previous landlords at the Racecourse Ground, Northamptonshire bought a ploughed field in 1885 for £2000 on which they built a sports ground - apart from cricket, there was a cycle track 650 yards long, and facilities for lawn tennis, athletics and bowls. From 1897, football was also played. In 1891 the county voted not to allow women to use the cricket pitch; 40 years later it staged the first women's Test between England and Australia.

Surrounded by red-brick terraced houses, this is a ground of character rather than beauty. The north end is known as the Football Ground end as it adjoins the playing ground of Northampton Town Football Club. A new pavilion was constructed in 1979, lying alongside its predecessor, and a stand housing an indoor school. the wicket traditonally favours batsman, no more so than when Percy Fender his a century in 35 minutes here in 1920. Colin Blythe, one of the best wet wicket bowlers, took all 10 Northants wickets in an innings here on his way to the astonishing figures of 17 for 48 in a single day's play in 1907.
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Fixtures

2017
Sun Apr 2
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Marylebone Cricket Club University Matches
Northamptonshire v Loughborough MCCU
Fri Apr 7 - Mon Apr 10
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Glamorgan
Thu Apr 27 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 13:00 GMT
09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group - Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
Wed May 3 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group - Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
Wed May 10 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group - Northamptonshire v Yorkshire
Tue May 16 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 13:00 GMT
09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
North Group - Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire
Sun May 21 (50 ovs)
Northamptonshire v South Africa
Fri May 26 - Mon May 29
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
Fri Jun 9 - Mon Jun 12
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Mon Jun 26 - Thu Jun 29
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Fri Jul 7 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Northamptonshire v Derbyshire
Tue Jul 11 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Northamptonshire v Yorkshire
Thu Jul 27 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Northamptonshire v Worcestershire
Tue Aug 1 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Northamptonshire v Warwickshire
Thu Aug 3 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Northamptonshire v Lancashire
Sun Aug 6 - Wed Aug 9
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire
Fri Aug 11 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
101st Match - Northamptonshire v Leicestershire
Fri Aug 18 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
119th Match - Northamptonshire v Durham
Tue Sep 5 - Fri Sep 8
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Sussex
Tue Sep 19 - Fri Sep 22
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Northamptonshire v Nottinghamshire
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Kent asked for the toss and elected to bat under blue skies, Northamptonshire v Kent, County Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, 1st day, May 15, 2016
Kent asked for the toss and elected to bat under blue skies
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No play was possible at a watery Wantage Road, Northamptonshire v Australians, Tour match, Northampton, 1st day, August 14, 2015
No play was possible at a watery Wantage Road
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Spectators take in the early season action, Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire, Championship, Division Two, Wantage Road, April 14, 2015
Spectators take in the early season action
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A general view over Wantage Road, July 11, 2014
A general view over Wantage Road
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Northants v Glamorgan at Northampton
Apr 7-10, 2017
North Group: Northants v Warwickshire at Northampton
Apr 27, 2017 (14:00 local | 13:00 GMT | 09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT)
North Group: Northants v Worcs at Northampton
May 3, 2017 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
North Group: Northants v Yorkshire at Northampton
May 10, 2017 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
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