St George's Oval

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St George's Park
Sahara Oval St George's, uploaded 2005.jpg
Ground information
Location Port Elizabeth
Capacity 19,000
End names
Duckpond End
Park Drive End
International information
First Test March 1889: South Africa v England
Last Test January 2013: South Africa v New Zealand
First ODI December 1992: South Africa v India
Last ODI November 2013: South Africa v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Eastern Province (1889 – present)
Warriors (2004 – present)
As of 24 February 2013

St George’s Park Cricket Ground (also known as St George's Park,[1][2][3] Crusaders Ground[4] or simply Crusaders) is a cricket ground in St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is the home of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa, and the Eastern Province Club. It is also one of the venues at which Test matches and One Day Internationals are played in South Africa. It is older than Kingswood College in Grahamstown.

The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by 8 wickets.[1] This was South Africa’s first ever Test match. As of 2005, there have been 21 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 8 and their opponents 9 with 4 draws.

The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of 2005, there have been 25 One Day Internationals played at the ground including 5 in the Cricket World Cup in 2003.

Official name[edit]

The ground's official name is "Axxess DSL St Georges" acknowledging a commercial sponsorship arrangement.[5] However South African and other cricket fans continue to call the ground by its historic name, just "St George’s Park". It's nickname is "The Dragon's Lair" based on the famous legend of St George.

2003 Cricket World Cup[edit]

St George's Park was one of 15 venues in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya selected to host matches during the world cup. It hosted 5 matches during the tournament, including 3 group games, 1 super six game and a semi-final.

2009 Indian Premier League[edit]

When the 2009 IPL was moved to South Africa, St George's Park was chosen as one of 8 venues in South Africa to host matches. The ground hosted a total of 7 matches, all of them were group games.

Warriors Cricket[edit]

The stadium is one of the Warriors' 2 home grounds, the other being East London's Buffalo Park. The stadium hosts Warriors home matches in the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup (previously the MTN Domestic Championship) and Pro 20 Series.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "St George's Park (Sahara Oval, St Georges)". Yahoo. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Simon puts Eng on top". The Daily Star (Bangladesh). 2004-12-21. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "St George's Park, Port Elizabeth". Sport GetAways. Retrieved 9 January 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Highams, E. E. Across a continent in a man-of-war : being the log of commission of H.M.S. "Pelorus", 1906-1909 : with a full account of her cruise of 2,000 miles up the Amazon. London: Westminster Press. p. 79. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  5. ^ "St George's Park undergoes name change". ESPN Cricket info. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 

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Coordinates: 33°57′59.35″S 25°36′35.99″E / 33.9664861°S 25.6099972°E / -33.9664861; 25.6099972