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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007, 08:01 GMT 09:01 UK
Cricket ground makes 150 not out
Old Trafford now
The ground as it is now
A cricket ground which has hosted three World Cup semi-finals and seen Lancashire crowned county champions 12 times has turned 150 years old.

Old Trafford, home to Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC), opened in 1856 and saw its first match between teams from Manchester and Liverpool in 1857.

A spokesman for LCCC said the ground could expect to see nearly 25m worth of investment in the future.

In July the Arctic Monkeys will headline a pop festival at the ground.

Old Trafford
Old Trafford more than 100 years ago

At the beginning of 2007 plans were being considered to demolish Trafford Town Hall and relocate the cricket club to the site.

Jim Cumbes, chief executive of LCCC said: "After two or three years of looking around we have decided that we would stay here and spend 25-30 million on this stadium."

There will be no birthday festivities for the players from the club as they are playing away to Hampshire in a County Championship match.




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