North Inch is a large public park in Perth, Scotland. About 54 hectares in size, it is one of two "Inches" in Perth, the other being the smaller, 31-hectare South Inch, located half a mile across the city. It was the site of the "Battle of the Clans" in 1396. A path circumnavigates the entire park.
Balhousie Castle and Bell's Sports Centre are located on its western edge.
At the southern edge of the Inch is Smeaton's Bridge.
|Establishment||1849 (first recorded match)|
|Domestic team information|
|As of 19 October 2011
Source: Ground profile
The first recorded cricket match held on the ground came in 1849 when Perth played Grange. The ground held its first first-class match when Scotland played Ireland in 1909. Five further first-class matches were played there, the last of which came in 1970 when Scotland played Ireland. Other first-class matches had seen the ground host the Australians in 1912, Wales in 1923, and the South Africans in 1929. The ground held its first List A match when Scotland played Yorkshire in the 1984 Benson & Hedges Cup. Three further List A matches were played there, the last of which saw Scotland play Lancashire in the 1989 Benson & Hedges Cup. In the 1986 Benson & Hedges Cup Scotland historically defeated Lancashire, marking their first defeat of county opposition in limited-overs cricket.
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- North and South Inches at Perth and Kinross Council's website
- North Inch Golf Course at PKC's website
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