The County Ground
, is a cricket venue on Wantage Road in the Abington area of Northampton
, UK. It is home to Northamptonshire
County Cricket Club.It is known to be a venue which favours spinners, and in the last County Championship game of 2005, Northamptonshire's two spin bowlers Jason Brown and Monty Panesar took all 20 wickets for Northamptonshire.
Northamptonshire played their first match at the ground in 1886 before competing in the Minor Counties Championship competition between 1895 and 1904, winning the title three times. They were accepted into the County Championship and played their first first-class match at the ground on 5 June 1905. Northamptonshire drew with Leicestershire
in a rain-hit match that only permitted 75 overs of play.The County Ground hosted two 1999 Cricket World
Northampton Town also known as "The Cobblers" played their home games for 97 years at the County Ground between 1897 and 1994. The ground only had three sides with an open side due to the size of the cricket field.On 7 February 1970, Northampton Town played Manchester
United in the FA Cup fifth round at the County Ground and lost 8-2, with George Best scoring six goals.Sir Elton John played the first ever concert at the County Ground on 25 June 2011. The show lasted for over two and a half hours. Sir Elton was supported by Ed Drewett.