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Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
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Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (previously Beausejour Cricket Ground).
Ground information
LocationGros Islet, Saint Lucia
Coordinates14°04′14.00″N 60°55′53.95″W / 14.0705556°N 60.9316528°W / 14.0705556; -60.9316528Coordinates: 14°04′14.00″N 60°55′53.95″W / 14.0705556°N 60.9316528°W / 14.0705556; -60.9316528
Establishment2002
Capacity15,000
TenantsWindward Islands
St Lucia Kings
End names
Pavilion End
Media Centre End
International information
First Test20–24 June 2003:
 West Indies v  Sri Lanka
Last Test24–28 June 2022:
 West Indies v  Bangladesh
First ODI8 June 2002:
 West Indies v  New Zealand
Last ODI9 June 2017:
 West Indies v  Afghanistan
First T20I1 May 2010:
 Afghanistan v  India
Last T20I16 July 2021:
 West Indies v  Australia
First WODI16 October 2015:
 West Indies v  Pakistan
Last WODI24 October 2015:
 West Indies v  Pakistan
First WT20I13 May 2010:
 Australia v  India
Last WT20I10 November 2019:
 West Indies v  India
Team information
Windward Islands (2003 – present)
St Lucia Kings (2013 – present)
As of 24 June 2022
Source: Cricinfo

The Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, previously the Beausejour Cricket Ground, is a cricket ground located near Gros Islet, Saint Lucia standard seating capacity of 15,000. It was completed in 2002 and currently accommodates 13,000 spectators.

Originally named after the Beausejour hills[1] and situated in the outskirts of Rodney Bay, the stadium was completed in 2002 and hosts domestic matches for the Windward Islands cricket team. It staged its first international Test match in 2003 against Sri Lanka and became the first venue in the Caribbean to host a day-night game.

The sporting facility was constructed on 22 acres consisting of about 18 hospitality suites and a pavilion that offers each team its own gym and lounge apart from a balcony and conference room. It is located in the driest area of Saint Lucia, making it most suitable for hosting cricket.

On 21 July 2016, it was formally renamed the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground after Daren Sammy who captained the West Indies side in winning the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. He also captained the West Indies to victory in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, making him the second West Indian captain after Clive Lloyd with multiple ICC world championships. One of the stands will also be named in honour of Johnson Charles, who was also part of the side in both 2012 and 2016.[2][3]

The first international match played at the renamed ground took place on 9 August 2016, when India played the West Indies as part of a four-match Test series.[4]

Location[edit]

The cricket ground is located at the north-eastern end of the tourist resort of Rodney Bay, approximately 6 minutes drive from the town of Gros Islet on the scenic Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The stadium is close to the residential enclaves in Beauséjour and Epouge Bay.

Facilities[edit]

Main stand.

The cricket ground is known for its high standard facilities and is regarded by the West Indies Cricket Board as a standard for current and future venues in the Caribbean.[5] Its outfield, a perfect oval, is predictably lush green. It also became the first international ground in the Caribbean to receive floodlighting with the installation of 6 floodlight towers in 2006, enabling the hosting of day/night matches. In May 2006 it hosted the first ever international Day/Night ODI match in the Caribbean when the West Indies took on Zimbabwe. Due to the unfavourable time zone differences between the Caribbean and the large cricket markets in the far east international day/night matches have been few and far between.

The facility has 18 hospitality suites, a permanent seating capacity of 13,000 with bucket-type seating which can be increased to 20,000 for international matches. There are also two artificial pitches and two turfs for practice and warm-ups.

Ground statistics[edit]

Regional cricket[edit]

International cricket[edit]

  • It has been a venue for all forms of cricket in the West Indies since 2003.

Cricket records[edit]

The stadium from the side stands.
  • First One Day International: West Indies vs New Zealand on 8 June 2002.
  • First Test match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka on 20–24 June 2003.
  • Highest team score (in Tests)- India (588–8) vs West Indies in 2006.
  • Highest team total (in ODIs) – New Zealand( 363–5) vs Canada in 2007.
  • Highest team total (in T20Is) – Australia (197–7) vs Pakistan in 2010.
  • Best Bowling (in ODIs) – Rashid Khan (7/18) vs West Indies in 2017.
  • Hat-tricks (in Test) – Keshav Maharaj vs West Indies in 2021.

List of centuries[edit]

As of 12 July 2021

Test centuries[edit]

As of July 2021 a total of 18 centuries have been scored in international test cricket on the ground.[6]

Centuries in Men's Test Matches at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 118 Marvan Atapattu  Sri Lanka 275 1  West Indies 20 June 2003 Drawn
2 113 Wavell Hinds  West Indies 143 2  Sri Lanka 20 June 2003 Drawn
3 209 Brian Lara (1/2)  West Indies 360 1  Sri Lanka 20 June 2003 Drawn
4 113 Habibul Bashar  Bangladesh 131 1  West Indies 28 May 2004 Drawn
5 111 Mohammad Rafique  Bangladesh 152 1  West Indies 28 May 2004 Drawn
6 141 Chris Gayle  West Indies 293 2  Bangladesh 28 May 2004 Drawn
7 103* Khaled Mashud  Bangladesh 281 3  West Indies 28 May 2004 Drawn
8 180 Virender Sehwag  India 190 1  West Indies 10 June 2006 Drawn
9 146 Rahul Dravid  India 234 1  West Indies 10 June 2006 Drawn
10 148* Mohammed Kaif  India 243 1  West Indies 10 June 2006 Drawn
11 120 Brian Lara (2/2)  West Indies 307 3  India 10 June 2006 Drawn
12 101* Shivnarine Chanderpaul  West Indies 134 3  Bangladesh 13 September 2014 Won
13 118 Ravichandran Ashwin  India 297 1  West Indies 9 August 2016 Won
14 104 Wriddhiman Saha  India 227 1  West Indies 9 August 2016 Won
15 119* Dinesh Chandimal  Sri Lanka 186 1  West Indies 14 June 2018 Drawn
16 122 Joe Root  England 225 3  West Indies 9 February 2019 Won
17 102* Roston Chase  West Indies 191 4  England 9 February 2019 Lost
18 141* Quinton de Kock  South Africa 170 2  West Indies 10 June 2021 Won

One-Day International centuries[edit]

As of July 2021 a total of seven centuries have been scored in one-day international cricket on the ground.[7]

Centuries in Men's One-Day Internationals at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground
No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 108* Shivnarine Chanderpaul  West Indies 138 2  New Zealand 8 June 2002 Won
2 130 Marcus Trescothick  England 138 1  West Indies 1 May 2004 Lost
3 124 Chris Gayle  West Indies 137 2  Pakistan 22 May 2005 Lost
4 101 Lou Vincent  New Zealand 117 1  Canada 22 March 2007 Won
5 102 Ahmed Shehzad  Pakistan 148 2  West Indies 25 April 2011 Won
6 102 Kieron Pollard  West Indies 70 1  Australia 23 March 2012 Won
7 106* Marlon Samuels  West Indies 104 1  Pakistan 21 July 2013 Lost

List of five wicket hauls[edit]

Tests[edit]

Twelve five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.[8]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Corey Collymore 20 June 2003  West Indies  Sri Lanka 1 29 66 5 2.27 Drawn
2 Muttiah Muralitharan 20 June 2003  Sri Lanka  West Indies 2 50 138 5 2.76 Drawn
3 Kemar Roach 14 September 2014  West Indies  Bangladesh 2 20 42 5 2.10 Won
4 Sulieman Benn 14 September 2014  West Indies  Bangladesh 4 32 72 5 2.25 Won
5 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9 August 2016  India  West Indies 2 23.4 33 5 1.39 Won
6 Miguel Cummins 9 August 2016  West Indies  India 3 11 48 6 4.36 Lost
7 Shannon Gabriel 14 June 2018  West Indies  Sri Lanka 1 16 59 5 3.68 Drawn
8 Shannon Gabriel 14 June 2018  West Indies  Sri Lanka 3 20.4 62 8 3.00 Drawn
9 Mark Wood 9 February 2019  England  West Indies 2 8.2 41 5 4.92 Won
10 Lungi Ngidi 10 June 2021  South Africa  West Indies 1 13.5 19 5 1.37 Won
11 Kagiso Rabada 10 June 2021  South Africa  West Indies 3 20 34 5 1.7 Won
12 Keshav Maharaj 21 June 2021  South Africa  West Indies 4 17.3 36 5 2.1 Won

One Day Internationals[edit]

Three five wicket hauls in One-Day Internationals have been taken at the venue.[9]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Andrew Flintoff 2 April 2009  England  West Indies 2 5 19 5 3.80 Won
2 Rashid Khan 9 June 2017  Afghanistan  West Indies 2 8.4 18 7 2.07 Won
3 Oshane Thomas 2 March 2019  West Indies  England 2 5.1 21 5 4.06 Won

2007 Cricket World Cup[edit]

It was one of the venues of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the most important tournament in international cricket, hosting 7 matches, including all 6 Group C matches. New Zealand went the round unbeaten, twice scoring a total beyond 300 runs. The second semi-final between the defending champions Australia and South Africa was played here with an official attendance of 13,875.[10]

Group matches[edit]

14 March 2007
(scorecard)
Canada 
199 all out (50 overs)
v
 Kenya
203/3 (43.2 overs)
Kenya won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
16 March 2007
(scorecard)
England 
209/7 (50 overs)
v
 New Zealand
210/4 (41 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
18 March 2007
(scorecard)
England 
279/6 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
228/7 (50 overs)
England won by 51 runs
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
20 March 2007
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
331/7 (50 overs)
v
 Kenya
183 all out (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 148 runs
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
22 March 2007
(scorecard)
New Zealand 
363/5 (50 overs)
v
 Canada
249/9 (49.2 overs)
New Zealand won by 114 runs
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
24 March 2007
(scorecard)
Kenya 
177 all out (43 overs)
v
 England
178/3 (33 of 43 overs)
England won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Semi-final[edit]

25 April 2007
Scorecard
South Africa 
149 all out (43.5 overs)
v
 Australia
153/3 (31.3 overs)
Australia won by 7 wickets
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

2010 World Twenty20[edit]

In 2010, the stadium hosted 10 matches of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 along with two other stadiums in Caribbean. Four of the matches were Group stage games, four Super 8 matches and both semi-finals of the tournament (one of the semi-finals due to bad weather preventing matches from being held at the Providence Stadium in Guyana).

The stadium saw the third international Twenty20 century scored by Indian batsman Suresh Raina in the Group match between India and South Africa.

Group matches[edit]

1 May 2010
Scorecard
Pakistan 
172/3 (20 overs)
v
 Bangladesh
151/7 (20 overs)
Pakistan win by 21 runs.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
1 May 2010
Scorecard
Afghanistan 
115/8 (20 overs)
v
 India
116/3 (14.5 overs)
India win by 7 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
2 May 2010
Scorecard
India 
186/5 (20 overs)
v
 South Africa
172/5 (20 overs)
India win by 14 runs.
Beausejour cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
2 May 2010
Scorecard
Australia 
191/10 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
157/10 (20 overs)
Australia win by 34 runs.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Super 8 matches[edit]

10 May 2010
Scorecard
Pakistan 
148/7 (20 overs)
v
 South Africa
137/7 (20 overs)
Pakistan win by 11 runs.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
10 May 2010
Scorecard
New Zealand 
149/6 (20 overs)
v
 England
153/7 (19.1 overs)
England win by 3 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
11 May 2010
Scorecard
India 
163/5 (20 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
167/5 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka win by 5 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
11 May 2010
Scorecard
West Indies 
105/10 (19 overs)
v
 Australia
109/4 (16.2 overs)
Australia win by 6 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

Semi-finals[edit]

13 May 2010
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
128/6 (20 overs)
v
 England
132/3 (16 overs)
England win by 7 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
14 May 2010
Scorecard
Pakistan 
191/6 (20 overs)
v
 Australia
197/7 (19.5 overs)
Australia win by 3 wickets.
Beausejour Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium | West Indies | Cricket Grounds". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Beauséjour Stadium renamed after Darren Sammy | St. Lucia News Online". Archived from the original on 8 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  3. ^ "St Lucia renames stadium in honour of Darren Sammy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  4. ^ "India to tour West Indies for seven weeks starting July 6". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  5. ^ "New ground sets standard". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Statsguru: Test matches / Batting records / Innings by innings list". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Statsguru: One-Day Internationals / Batting records / Innings by innings list". Stats.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Statistics – Statsguru – Test Matches – Bowling Records". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Statistics – Statsguru – One-Day Internationals – Bowling Records". Stats.espncricinfo.com. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Full Scorecard of South Africa vs Australia 2nd Semi-Final 2006/07 – Score Report". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 November 2021.