It would be hard to find a more picturesque ground than that built by Getty inside his stunning Buckinghamshire estate. As his passion for the game
grew, Getty commissioned the building of a pitch, modelled on The Oval with no expense spared. The ground is surrounded by stunning Chilterns countryside
and offers superb viewing from the raised bank next to the thatched mock-Tudor pavilion for the players.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) is the world’s most famous cricket club, the owner of Lord’s Ground and the guardian of the Laws of the game. Founded
in 1787 by entrepreneur, Thomas Lord, it played host to the first match between Middlesex and Essex at it’s original ground in Marylebone. The
following year, the MCC laid down a Code of Laws, requiring the wickets to be pitched 22 yards apart and detailing how players could be given out.
Its Laws were adopted throughout the game, and the Club today remains the custodian and arbiter of Laws relating to cricket around the world.
Later this year Australia and England will compete again for the Ashes in a series of matches in August and September. Honour and pride are always
at stake for the players and spectators which results in the test matches delivering excitement and fierce competition.