With just over two months to go before the start of the 2020 County Championship season, here’s a quick look at the ten Division One venues via the lens of TGS.
Essex CCC (top) – The Cloudfm County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford. My local ground and home of the current County Champions. This view from the Hayes Close end shows some of the regulars watching events on the pitch unfold from their favourite corner of the ground.
Gloucestershire CCC (below) – The Bristol County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol. A much changed ground in recent years that now regularly hosts international cricket. In common with a number of other venues, newly built residential accommodation overlooks the playing area.
Hampshire CCC – The Ageas Bowl, Botley Road, West End, Southampton. Another ground that hosts international cricket and the word ‘bowl’ describes this stadium perfectly. Overlooking the pitch (on the right-hand side of this image) is a Hilton Hotel which frequently provides rooms for the away teams.
Kent CCC – The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Canterbury. Another ground that has been significantly redeveloped over recent years. The image above shows the venue prior to retirement flats being built along the Old Dover Road side of the ground.
Lancashire CCC – Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester. A vertiginous view from the upper tier of Stand C. Spectator comforts abound at Old Trafford including the now ubiquitous onsite hotel accommodation.
Northamptonshire CCC – The County Ground, Abington Avenue, Northampton. Uniquely Northants CCC once shared its facilities with Northampton Town Football Club. Here members watch play from the upper tier of the Spencer Pavilion.
Somerset CCC – The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton. This initimate West Country venue ensures that spectators are up close and personal with the action. It’s also home to some excellent signage – keep your eyes open and stay ‘dry’.
Surrey CCC – The Kia Oval, Kennington, London. Home to the South Londoners since 1845, here’s a view looking towards the pavilion. An iconic venue, steeped in cricketing history.
Warwickshire CCC – Edgbaston Stadium, Edgbaston Road, Birmingham. Let’s hope the covers don’t get used too often in 2020 but they make for some nice leading lines into this image of a prestigious Midlands venue.
Yorkshire CCC – Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. This view shows the new North Stand at the rugby ground end of the venue. Very much looking forward to a trip to Headingley in late June on my travels covering Essex CCC.
Here are the 2020 County Championship Division One fixtures and please also pay a visit to our Cricket Grounds Image Archive. Watch out for cricketing updates throughout the season… and, returning to the current County Champions, have a looksie at this video from the tense title-decider down in Somerset in late September 2019.