Wednesday, 17 July 2013

The Last Hour: The D.C's Ashes Blog From Lord's 17:07:13

Summertime in England… and football has been nudged aside to allow Cricket to take centre stage. The most important fixture on the calendar of our national summer sport is The Ashes, the contest between England and Australia

The Second Test Match takes places at Lord’s in north London this week. To mark the occasion, The Last Hour will dredge up a cricketing fact of the day every night this week.

We’ll be back again in the week of the 19th August when the 5th Test takes place at The Oval in south London.

(The Nightly London Photoblog will return next week)

Having already been evicted from two previous sites, Lord’s came under attack once more in the late 1880s when the Great Central Railway company, backed by an Act of Parliament, demanded that the Nursery End of the ground be bulldozed to make way for train tracks. The eventual solution was a tunnel beneath the ground. This cartoon (below) shows the famous W.G Grace leading the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) to do battle with the forces of progress…

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