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Founded in 1841, Trent Bridge [map] is the world’s third oldest major cricket ground, preceded only by Lords and Eden Gardens in Calcutta.

This famous cricketing landmark is home to Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, one of the most successful cricket clubs in Britain.

It seems the 80s are the club’s golden days, because during both the 1880s and 1980s Nottinghamshire reigned supreme over other county clubs.

With famous names including Arthur Shrewsbury and Alfred Shaw in the team, the club won the County Championship seven times in the 19th century, four times consecutively between 1883 and 1886.

There were more honours to be had in 1907 and 1929 when Nottinghamshire was again crowned County Champions. But then the club’s luck seemed to run out until the 1980s.

In these glory days with the likes of Clive Rice and Richard Hadlee in the side, the club twice won the County Championship in 1981 and 1987, when the team also lifted to NatWest Trophy to win a superb double. Then in 1989 the then team captain Tim Robinson lifted Benson & Hedges Cup before going on to lead to team to victory in the Refuge Assurance One-Day League in 1991.

In more recent times, Nottinghamshire can claim a remarkable record-breaking display by Darren Bicknell and Guy Welton, who in 2000 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston put on an opening partnership of 406. This is officially the highest unbroken first wicket stance and the fourth highest opening stand in County Championship history. Not a bad record to hold, and one that was well celebrated by the club’s faithful fans.

As well as County games, Trent Bridge also regularly plays host to international matches, the first being held here in 1899 when England played Australia. A century later in 1999 the ground staged the World Cup.

Whether you’re a keen cricketer, armchair supporter or just enjoy lazing in the sun, Trent Bridge makes for a fun-filled family day out – oh and you’re guaranteed to see some top class cricket.

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