County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford
The Pavilion at Chelmsford
Hayes Close End
|First ODI||20 June 1983: Australia v India|
|Last ODI||29 May 1999: South Africa v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|Essex (1925 – present)|
|As of 16 December 2007
Chelmsford is a small ground, and therefore suits big-hitting batsmen. Former Essex and England batsman Graham Gooch scored most of his first-class runs there. Graham Napier scored 152 off 58 balls (16 sixes and 10 fours) in a Twenty20 match v Sussex at the ground. The success of Essex County Cricket Club in the shorter versions of the game between 2005 and 2008 led to the attraction of many new fans. Eventually the ground was regularly selling out in Twenty20 and Friends Provident Trophy games. The large amount of passionate support Essex receive at this ground has led to it being popularly referred to as 'Fortress Chelmsford'.
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