County Cricket Ground, Chelmsford

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Cloudfm County Ground
Essex CCC vs Gloucestershire CCC 2008.jpg
The Pavilion at Chelmsford
Ground information
Location Chelmsford, Essex
Capacity 6,500
End names
River End
Hayes Close End
International information
First ODI 20 June 1983:
 Australia v  India
Last ODI 29 May 1999:
 South Africa v  Zimbabwe
Team information
Essex (1925 – present)
As of 16 December 2007
Source: CricketArchive

The Essex County Ground (ECG), is a cricket venue in Chelmsford, Essex, England. It has been home to Essex County Cricket Club since 1967.[1]

The River End of the ground, showing the main scoreboard

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.[1] Graham Napier scored 152 off 58 balls (16 sixes and 10 fours) in a Twenty20 match v Sussex at the ground.[2] 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. Recent developments at the stadium include the building of new apartment blocks, new pavilion, cricket school, car park, public square and bridge. [3]

The Ford Motor Company had naming rights for the ground for between 2005 and 2013.[4][5] From 2017 to 2019 the naming rights to the stadium have been bought by Cloudfm and therefor the ground will be known as the Cloudfm County Ground. [6] The large amount of passionate support Essex receive at this ground has led to it being popularly referred to as 'Fortress Chelmsford'.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "County Ground". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Awesome Napier shatters records". BBC Sport. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Essex County Cricket Club signs ground redevelopment deal". BBC News. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  4. ^ "Essex rename ground with sponsors". BBC Sport. 17 March 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Arnold, David (17 January 2013). "Essex keen to sell name of stadium". This is total Essex. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Cloudfm 'declares' new sponsorship deal with Essex Cricket | Cloudfm Group". cloudfmgroup.com. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  7. ^ Long, James (21 May 2012). "Eagle Extras: Just how big are Essex?". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°43′53.60″N 0°28′08.63″E / 51.7315556°N 0.4690639°E / 51.7315556; 0.4690639