New Honours Boards at Lord's Include Recognition for ODI Achievements
Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has overseen the installation of new Honours Boards in both the home and away dressing rooms at Lord’s, as part of a refurbishment of the facilities ahead of the 2019 season.
One of the most significant changes in terms of milestones and achievements is that centuries and five-wicket hauls at Lord’s in One-Day Internationals, in both men’s and women’s matches, are now recognised within the dressing rooms.
Previously, only players who made a century or took five wickets in a Test Match were officially recorded within the dressing rooms, but now the same achievements from ODI matches are included.
This new addition means that some of the names who didn’t make it on to the Honours Board during their Test Match careers, such as Michael Atherton, Ricky Ponting and Muttiah Muralitharan, are now officially immortalised above the doors leading out to the players’ balconies in the famous Lord’s Pavilion.
The addition of ODIs includes performances in women’s internationals at Lord’s, with Anya Shrubsole’s figures of 6 for 46 now adorning the wall after a famed England victory over India in 2017 to win the ICC Women’s World Cup.
Lisa Keightley, of Australia, and England’s Claire Taylor, Sarah Taylor and Caroline Atkins are the first women’s players to see their names recognised for ODI centuries, whilst Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick and England’s Katherine Brunt join Shrubsole in being celebrated for five-wicket hauls.
Guy Lavender, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said: “We are delighted to now be able to recognise the same achievements for One-Day Internationals as we have done for Test Matches for many years. This is a landmark moment for Lord's, with women's cricket now documented in the dressing rooms for the first time.
“The Honours Boards are amongst the most popular attractions for the many visitors to the Home of Cricket. There is a huge amount of prestige for players to see their name inscribed in history, so it is appropriate for a new installation of the boards to take place ahead of what will be such a busy year of cricket at Lord’s.”
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