Denis Compton Oval

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Denis Compton Oval
Shenley Cricket Ground Pavilion - geograph.org.uk - 682708.jpg
Ground information
Location Shenley, Hertfordshire
Establishment 1993
Domestic team information
Middlesex (2002–2004)
Hertfordshire (1999–2000)
Marylebone Cricket Club (1996–1999)
As of 25 July 2010
Source: Ground profile

The Denis Compton Oval is a cricket ground located at the Shenley Cricket Centre. The centre is in Shenley, Hertfordshire. The ground was opened by Denis Compton and the main ground was named in his honour. At the heart of the centre is the 19th century pavilion, originally designed by the legendary cricketer W. G. Grace.

Domestic cricket[edit]

The first recorded match on the ground was in 1993, when Hertfordshire played the Marylebone Cricket Club.[1] Their first Minor Counties Championship match played on the ground was between Hertfordshire and Staffordshire. From 1995 to 2000, the ground played host to 5 Minor Counties Championship matches [2] and 8 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches.[3]

The ground has played host to a number of first-class matches. The first first-class match played on the ground was in 1996 and was contested between the Marylebone Cricket Club and South Africa A. The Marylebone Cricket Club have used the ground for 2 further first-class matches in 1997 and 1999. Middlesex have also used the ground for 3 first-class matches from 2002 to 2004, all against touring international teams.[4]

The ground has also played host to List-A matches. The Marylebone Cricket Club used the ground for a single List-A match against the touring Pakistanis in 1996. Middlesex have used the ground for 3 List-A matches, the last of which came when the county played the touring West Indians.[5]

In local domestic cricket the ground is home to Shenley Village Cricket Club, who play in Division Two of the Hertfordshire Cricket League.

Women's international cricket[edit]

Women's Test cricket matches have also been held on the ground. The first Women's Test match played at the Oval was between England women and India women. From 1999 to 2003, the ground played host to 4 Women's Test matches, the last of which was between England women and South Africa women.[6] In addition to hosting Women's Test matches, the ground has hosted 5 Women's One Day International cricket matches. The first Women's ODI held on the ground was between Ireland women and New Zealand women during the 1993 Women's Cricket World Cup.[7]

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Coordinates: 51°41′24.24″N 0°17′50.66″W / 51.6900667°N 0.2974056°W / 51.6900667; -0.2974056