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Leyton cricket ground is rich in sporting history
A local cricket ground has been the scene of some major sporting events in its near 130-year history – including a world record that stood for nearly 15 years.
Leyton County Cricket Ground was the home to Essex County Cricket Club, the scene of a famous victory over touring Australians, the scene of early 20th century football matches and remains home to a competitive local team.
The Crawley Road pavilion, built in 1886, became the home of Essex Country Cricket Club until 1933, with the county playing its first class debut against Leicester at the ground in 1895.
Soon after the ground was the scene of a famous victory against Australia when, in June 1905,Essex won by 19 runs.
The county then enjoyed a further spell at the ground from 1957 to 1977, but the ground’s most famous moment, which saw it make global headlines, came in a match between Essex and Yorkshire in 1932.
On the morning of June 16, 1932, Yorkshire having won the toss elected to bat.
First to the crease in the Championship match were Herbert Sutcliffe and Percy Holmes who would go on to post a world record first-wicket partnership of 555.
By lunch on the second day of the match the previous record of 554 had fallen and Holmes is reported to have said at the time: “If it hadn't been for my lumbago we'd have brayed 'em.”
Holmes was not out on 224 while Sutcliffe was bowled for 313.
The record stayed intact as the highest total for any wicket until 1945 and until 1976 as the highest first wicket total.
It is still the most runs made for any wicket in England.
The ground might be seen as cursed for Essex cricket – until this summer the record for the lowest first-class total made by the team, just 30 runs, was established at Crawley Road against Yorkshire in 1901.
The ground now hosts National Cricket League matches during the season, where teams including Waltham Forest Cricket Club compete.”
Leyton Orient also played pre-season friendly matches on the ground in the first decade of the 20th century.
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