English cricket has Lisson Green connection

Did you know that part of the Lisson Green estate was once home to the famous Lords Cricket Ground and the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)?

Initially, Lords' first home was in Dorset Square, then it moved to what was known as Marylebone Bank, Regent's Park, now Lisson Green estate, for a short stay between 1811 and 1813 before moving to its current site, a former duck pond.

Plaques were laid to commemorate the area in 2006 and unveiled by England's captain Charlotte Edwards - who yesterday led England's lady cricketers to victory over the Australians to retain the Ashes on Australian soil.

Edwards made an unbeaten 92 off 59 balls, the highest score in Twenty20 cricket by an England woman, to mastermind a stunning nine-wicket victory and take an unassailable lead in the series.

Nick Richards, CityWest Direct's head of central area and pictured with Charlotte Edwards, said: "They moved Lords to Lisson Green estate before the estate was built. Then the Regent's Canal was dug through and they had to move the cricket ground. It was all greenfields around here at the time. Residents are really proud of being part of cricket history. There are plaques near the canal and opposite the mosque which CityWest Homes sponsored and had erected during the big regeneration project we did at Lisson."

About Charlotte, he said: "She was a very nice lady."

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