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Lord's Milestones

Read below for major milestones in the history of MCC and Lord's Cricket Ground.

Year Event
2017 Guy Lavender becomes the 16th Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC.
The new Warner Stand is opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
England defeat South Africa for the first time since 1960 at Lord's, winning the first Test by 211 runs. 
2016 Middlesex win the County Championship in dramatic style following victory over Yorkshire in the final match of the season at Lord's. 
Lord's twice breaks its attendance record for the Test match between England & Pakistan - a match which sees Chris Woakes and Yasir Shah make the honours board with figures of 11/102 and 10/141. 
2015 Ben Stokes scores the fastest Test century at Lord's as England beat New Zealand by 124 runs to win the first Test of the summer in May. 
Australia defeat England by 405 runs in the second Ashes Test match in July. 
The Warner Stand is used for the last time as Australia beat England by 64 runs to win the second One-Day International in September. 
2014 The current Lord's Cricket Ground celebrates its 200th year
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne captain MCC and Rest of the World in a memorable celebration match on July 5
MCC take on Rest of the World in a women's match for the first ever time
MCC, featuring Brian Lara, play Hertfordshire on "Anniversary Day" June 22, 200 years to the day since they played the first match at the current Lord's Ground
Bryan Ferry performs in a marquee erected on the Lord's outifled as part of a series of celebratory events in October
2013 England beat Australia for the second successive Test on their way to a 3-1 Ashes Series win
Stuart Broad takes the quickest five-for in Lord's history as England beat New Zealand
2012 Derek Brewer becomes the 15th Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, joining from Nottinghamshire in May
England beat the West Indies in the first Test of the summer
Tony Greig delivers the Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture
Lord's hosts the London 2012 Olympic Archery event
South Africa beat England at Lord's to become the top ranked Test team in the world
2011 The 2,000th Test match is played at Lord's between England and India - with England winning by 196 runs
MCC signs a groundbreaking sponsorship deal with J.P. Morgan
MCC Secretary & Cheif Executive Keith Bradshaw announces his resignation from the job after five years in charge
Kumar Sangakkara makes headlines around the world after his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture
2010 Shane Watson & Marcus North become the first names added to the new Neutral Test Honours Boards
MCC allows perambulation during the England v Bangladesh Test for the first time in many years
Shahadat Hossain & Tamim Iqbal become the first Bangladesh players to earn a place on the Lord's Honours Boards
MCC plays the first ever day-night, first-class match, with a pink ball in Abu Dhabi
2009 The ICC World t20 opening match and men and women's finals take place at Lord's
MCC Member Claire Taylor is the first woman to be named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year
Ten year anniversary of women Members of MCC
2008 Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivers the MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture
Inagural Indian Premier League signs up to MCC Spirit of Cricket campaign
New digital scoreboards installed at Lord's
MCC Head Coach Clive Radley is awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace
2007 First floodlit match played at Lord's between Middlesex and Derbyshire
A performance of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet is performed at Lord's
First international Archery tournament to be held at Lord's takes place
Hamid Hassan becomes the first Afghan player to play at Lord's
Ashes Urn returns to Lord's after MCC Travelex Ashes Exhibition across Australia
2006 Keith Bradshaw becomes first non-Briton to be chosen as MCC Secretary & Chief Executive
Claire Taylor hits the highest score in a ODI at Lord's - 156* against India
Andrew Strauss and Charlotte Edwards unveil plaques to mark the second Lord's Ground, used between 1811 and 1813
Monty Panesar becomes the first graduate of an MCC University team to play for England
2005 International Cricket Council leaves Lord's for Dubai
MCC stages a fundraising match at Lord's which raises £650,000 for tsunami recovery projects
International Olympic Committee announces that Lord's will host London 2012 Archery competition
Completion of £8.2million Pavilion refurbishment
2004 Lord's attracts record t20 crowd of 27,509 for its first match in the competition - Middlesex v Surrey
Rachael Heyhoe Flint becomes first woman to be elected to the MCC Committee
See-through sightscreen installed in front of the Pavilion
2003 MCC's Young Cricketers programme includes female players for the first time
2002 Re-laying of the outfield at Lord's
MCC becomes first cricket club in Britain to develop drop-in pitches
Last Benson & Hedges Cup Final
2001 Women's Varsity Match played at Lord's (on the Nursery Ground) for the first time
2000 England beat West Indies in the 100th Test at Lord's
1999 Lord's stages the ICC World Cup Final as Australia beat Pakistan
J.P. Morgan Media Centre (formerly sponsored by NatWest & Investec) is opened at the Nursery End (Architect: Future Systems)
1998 MCC votes to admit women as Club Members
150th anniversary of WG Grace's birth celebrated by MCC v Rest of World match
Brian Johnston Film Theatre opened in MCC Museum
Third Grand Stand opened (Architect: Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners)
1997 MCC & ECB launch first Lord's website
Domestic cricket's governing bodies combine to form the England & Wales Cricket Board
1996-97 Second Grand Stand demolished - building of third commenced
1995 New Indoor Cricket School opened (Architect: David Morley)
1993 The England women's cricket team wins the ICC World Cup at Lord's
Re-opening of refurbished MCC Museum
1991 Opening of Compton & Edrich stands (Architect: Michael Hopkins & Partners)
Launch of Tours of Lord's
Centenary of Lord's Pavilion
1989 'Q' Stand renamed the Allen Stand in memory of Sir George 'Gubby' Allen
1988 The Ashes leave Lord's for the Australian bicentenary celebrations
Electronic scoreboard installed between the Tavern and Mound stands
1987 Bicentenary Gates presented by the Duke of Westminster in memory of Viscount Cobham
New Mound Stand opened by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh (Architect: Michael Hopkins & Partners)
Bicentenerary of MCC celebrated by MCC v Rest of World match
1985 Opening of new MCC Library
1983 Lord's hosts third World Cup Final as India upset favourites West Indies
1980 Centenary Test match, England v Australia
1979 Second World Cup Final is held at Lord's - West Indies beat England
1977 MCC Indoor School opened by Sir George 'Gubby' Allen
1976 First women's match at Lord's - England v Australia in an ODI
1975 First Prudential World Cup final is held at Lord's - West Indies beat Australia
1972 First Benson & Hedges Cup Final - Leicestershire beat Yorkshire
1969 First meeting of the Cricket Council - comprised of MCC and the newly formed TCCB and NCA
1968 New Stand opened on site of old Tavern (Architect: Kenneth Peacock)
1967 New Tavern opened (Architect: David Hodges)
1963 First Gillette Cup Final - Sussex beat Worcestershire
1962 Last Gentlemen v Players match
1958 Warner Stand opened on the site of the old 'A' Encolsure (Architect: Kenneth Peacock)
1953 Coronation Garden made
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Memorial Gallery to the memory of cricketers of all lands who lost their lives in the two World Wars (Architect: J.H. Markham)
1949 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is MCC President
Twenty-six retired professional England cricketers made Honorary Life Members of MCC
1938 Introduction of TV cameras at Lord's Test
1937 MCC's 150th Anniversary
1934 Harris Memorial Garden made and 'Q' Enclosure built (Architect: Sir Herbert Baker)
1925-26 Second Grand Stand built and Father Time weather-vane presented by architect Sir Herbert Baker
1923 WG Grace Memorial Gates erected in St John's Wood Road (Architect: Sir Herbert Baker)
1914 Centenary of the Ground on its present site
1912 Australia beat South Africa in the Triangular Tournament - the first Lord's Test not to feature England
1909 Imperial Cricket Conference inagurated by England, Australia and South Africa
1906 Press box built
1904 Advisory County Cricket Committee first met at Lord's
1903-04 First MCC tour of Australia
1902 Easter Coaching Classes begin at Lord's
1899 Albert Trott hits a shot clean over the Pavilion - a feat never since repeated, though Kieron Pollard came close in 2010
1898-99 Mound Stand built on the site of the old tennis court - new tennis court built behind the Pavilion
Board of Control for Test matches at home first met at Lord's
1889-90 Present Pavilion built (Architect: Thomas Verity)
1888 Bill to take over the Ground for extensive railway development rejected
1887 Centenary of MCC
Three and a half acres of Henderson's Nursery purchased on what eventually became the Nursery Ground
1884 First Test match at Lord's - England beat Australia by an innings
1877 Middlesex CCC make Lord's their home ground
1875 MCC Tennis & Racquets sub-committee drafted first laws of Lawn Tennis
1868 Aboriginal cricketers become the first Australian team to play cricket at Lord's
1867-68 Second Tavern built (Architect: Edward Paraire)
1866-67 First Grand Stand erected (Architect: Arthur Allom)
1866-67 Freehold of the Ground purchased for £18,333 6s 8d with money advanced by William Nicholson
1865 First groundsman engaged
1860 Freehold of the Ground sold by the Eyre Estate to Mr Moses for £7,000 - MCC did not bid
1848 A printing tent was first erected on the Ground and match cards sold
1846 First telegraph scoreboard installed
1838 Tennis court built on the site of the present Mound Stand
Pavilion lit by gas
1837 Golden Jubilee of MCC celebrated by a grand North v South match
1835 Lord's Ground lease transferred to J.H. Dark, who remained proprieter until 1864
1832 Thomas Lord dies at West Meon
1827 First Oxford v Cambridge match at Lord's
1825 Pavilion destroyed by fire, with the loss of all records
1814 Lord's Ground moved to its third and present site
1811 MCC moved to North Bank, Regent's Park
1806 First Gentlemen v Players match
1805 First Eton v Harrow match (Lord Byron was in the Harrow team)
1787 Thomas Lord's opens his first Ground in Dorset Fields and MCC was formed

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