England’s Twenty20 World Cup venues

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Lord’s and The Oval were the first two confirmed venues for the Twenty20 World Cup in 2009. With two London grounds being used, it gives everyone in the capital the best possible chance of seeing a match. If they’d have only had the one venue inside the M25, it would have been a nightmare for everyone.

Lord's - frigging miles away from most of usTrent Bridge will be the other venue. Steve Elworthy, tournament director of the 2009 tournament, said:

“I am delighted that Trent Bridge joins Lord’s and The Oval as a venue. It gives the tournament a good geographical spread.”

Not at all contradicting the above, Trent Bridge won out over Old Trafford because Old Trafford’s too far away. Apparently the third ground had to be within 120 miles of Lord’s and The Oval.

The previous tournament was played at Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, which are all virtually on top of each other, of course.


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  1. Bloody northerners, always whinging.

    Is that why the aussies call us whinging poms, cos of you lot oop north?!

    We can’t have the MCC members having to travel for more than 1 1/2 hrs, to reach a game, old chap.

    Oh no.

  2. Am sitting at Lord’s at moment (determined to show off about that) and in between hail storms, the sun is shining and everything is great.

    They should play more cricket here.

    This bloke Aga (he’s always hot) is hooping it.

  3. I went to a game at Old Trafford once, during the 1999 World Cup. It was bloody miles away and there wasn’t a train that would get me there from London before the 32nd over so, having no money, I went up the night before and slept in the doorway of Winston Churchill House, some local authority building, with newspaper stuffed down my trousers to keep me warm. And then, to cap it all, the West Indies crumbled in the face of Australia, bowled out for 149, which Australia chased down in about 25 overs. What a day.

  4. Have lived within phlegging distance of the oval for 4 years. I have been to exacly 3 matches there, all county games (but all three versions). I do however travel up to Old Trafford at least twice a year for test matches. Don;t worry King C, some of us are doing it the other way. I’m representing.

  5. Who wants to go to Manchester? I’m born and bred in Sussex and I’ve been getting nosebleeds on a regularly basis since moving as far north as Brum. And anyway, I don’t like bagpipes and haggis… I’m not a racist but, i draw the line at going above 53 degrees lat, however nice Ruskington and Cathorpe may be…

  6. See Patrick, this is why all important matches should be played in London, or somewhere commutable at least before the morning drinks break!

    Here’s to more cricket in London, or Essex

    I can stay at my mums in Essex

  7. Presumably Trent Bridge won as Old Trafford’s too far away from civilisation. Plus there’s the whole issue of frozen pitches, play interrupted by polar bears, etc

  8. Tell you where’s a long way away: London.

    Tucked away in the corner there, bloody miles from anywhere.

    Our whippets will starve during the journey and our clogs’ll wear thin.

  9. Poor Kingcricket. If you come to one of the London matches we’ll buy you an overpriced pint, how about that.

  10. I’ll think you’ll find that, by its very existence, London is in the very very middle. if the Isle of Wight was the capital, that would be the middle. if Gibraltar was the capital that too would be the middle. There would simply be more on one side compared to the other.

    Why else would there be a big river through the middle of the capital city? below the Thames = south, above the Thames = thar be dragons.

  11. Don’t get me started on the north. It smells like puke and they have their lunch at 11am, tea at 4.30pm and then fifteen pints of stout and a fight every night. And that;s just the women.

    I have been to war ravaged and Romania and Burnley. Romania was better.

    I dare anyone here to go to Burnley. The only place worse is Cheshire. It’s in the north but pretends its the south.

  12. Why isn’t there a match in my back garden, that’s what I want to know. I wouldn’t have to travel at all then.

  13. If only someone would invent a way of transmitting images and sound from the match into my home.

  14. Brian – you’re talking southern rooobish. It’s dinner at noon – none of your effete lah-di-da lunch – and we drink proper pints not bottles of foreign gnat’s pee.

  15. It seems ridiculous to make British people travel so far from Britain as Nottingham!

    What would have been wrong with Winchmore Hill CC? Granted, it’s not quite so big as Trent Bridge, Old Trafford, Edgbaston, Headingley or (God forbid) Chester-le-Street, but it’s a damn site more convenient than somewhere north of Britain.

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