Eastern Oval

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Eastern Oval
Ground information
LocationBallarat, Australia
Establishment1862 (first recorded match)
End names
Bowling Club End
City End
International information
Only ODI9 March 1992:
 England v  Sri Lanka
Team information
Victoria (1985–2005)
East Point Football Club (2001-present)
As of 21 October 2011
Source: Ground profile

Eastern Oval is a cricket ground in the city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.

The first recorded match on the ground in 1862 when Ballarat played HH Stephenson's XI. The ground was an important early centre of cricket in Victoria, hosting the Australia team, as well as personal teams from important cricketing figures such as George Parr, W. G. Grace and John Lillywhite to name a few.[1]

The oval is characterised by its steep grassy embankments, historic timber grandstand, and large trees that surround the playing field. It remains popular as a sports venue in Ballarat because of its intimacy, closeness to the city centre, and historic character.

Cricket[edit]

More than a hundred years later the ground held its first First-Class match when Victoria played an England XI in a List A match in 1985.[2] The only first-class match to be held there to date was played in 1990 when Victoria played an England XI.[3] The ground was selected as a venue for the 1992 Cricket World Cup, staging a One Day International between England and Sri Lanka.[4] This match resulted in an England win by 106 runs.[5] Two further List A matches have been held there, one in the 2003/03 ING Cup between Victoria and Queensland and another between the same teams in the following season's competition.[2]

Modern Development[edit]

In February 2015 the Ballarat City Council released its Master Plan for the 10 year development of the oval projected to cost $4.2 million (AUD). In 2016 $1 million of works had been completed including a new netball court with lighting, synthetic bowling green and synthetic cricket training facility. In February 2017, Cricket Victoria and the Ballarat City Council announced that the ground will receive a further $2 million (AUD) upgrade to develop it as one of eight State cricketing hubs. This project includes the upgrade of oval lighting to Cricket Australia's class two standard (300 lux to outfield and 500 lux to centre wicket), development of new turf wicket training facilities and redevelopment of the existing change facilities to make them female friendly.

Australian Rules Football[edit]

The venue was home to the East Ballarat Football Club before the Club merged with Golden Point FC in 2001 to form the East Point Football Club, which now uses the oval as its home. The ground is currently used to host most Ballarat Football and Netball League finals games. The oval was also periodically used by the Australian Football League for pre-season games until 2017, when the Western Bulldogs committed to playing two to three games each season at Eureka Stadium.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Other matches played on Eastern Oval, Ballarat". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "List A Matches played on Eastern Oval, Ballarat". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  3. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Eastern Oval, Ballarat". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  4. ^ "One-Day International Matches played on Eastern Oval, Ballarat". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  5. ^ "England v Sri Lanka, 1992 Cricket World Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
  6. ^ http://www.westernbulldogs.com.au/club/ballarat/football-in-ballarat

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°33′27.88″S 143°51′48.75″E / 37.5577444°S 143.8635417°E / -37.5577444; 143.8635417