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  • An experiment took place at Lord’s to study the effects of covering the pitch before the start of a match, the first time this is known to have been tried.<ref>Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970 p. 284.</ref> Unlike the recently introduced heavy roller which became universally used by 1880 and produced major changes in the game by eliminating previously ubiquitous shooters, covering was for a long time severely rejected in England:<ref>Rosenwater, Irving; "A History of Wicket-Covering in England"; in Preston, Norman (editor); Wisden Cricketers’ Almanac; One Hundred and Seventh Edition (1970); pp. 131-146</ref> it was the wet summer of 1924<ref>Pardon, Sydney H. (editor); John Wisden's Cricketers' Almanack, Sixty-Second Edition (1925); Part I; p. 333</ref> before covering as regular practice was even considered and 1959 before it was considered "acceptable".
  • 14 May: MCC lose seven wickets before their first run is scored on a sticky wicket at Lord’s against James Southerton and William Marten of Surrey.<ref>Marylebone Cricket Club v Surrey in 1872</ref> Their ninth wicket falls at 8 - which would have been the lowest score in a major match for sixty-two years - but the last wicket doubles the score
  • Prince's Cricket Ground hosted its first first-class match being between North and South on 16 May. Before being built on, it was generally praised for its wickets<ref>Rae, Simon; W. G. Grace: A Life; p. 106 ISBN 0571195733</ref> and the scenery surrounding the ground.

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