Garon Park

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Coordinates: 51°33′21.98″N 0°44′08.25″E / 51.5561056°N 0.7356250°E / 51.5561056; 0.7356250

Garon Park's pavilion

Garon Park is a recreational park and cricket ground in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.

It is currently the home of Old Southendian Football Club and Old Southendian & Southcurch Cricket Club.

Cricket ground[edit]

The ground was first used by the Essex County Cricket Club, 1st XI in 2005. The ground hosted two games in 2008, against Glamorgan in the County Championship and Northamptonshire in the Pro40 League.[1]

The ground has hosted 3 first-class matches and 3 List A matches.[2]

Game information[edit]

Game Type No. of Games
County Championship Matches 3
limited-over county matches 3
Twenty20 matches 0

Game statistics – first-class[edit]

Category Information
Highest Team Score Essex (399 against Somerset) in 2006
Lowest Team Score Essex (88 against Gloucestershire) in 2007
Best Batting Performance Andy Flower (132 Runs for Essex against Durham) in 2005
Best Bowling Performance Steve Kirby (5/41 for Gloucestershire against Essex) in 2007 and Jonathan Lewis (5/41 for Gloucestershire against Essex) in 2007

Game statistics – one-day matches[edit]

Category Information
Highest Team Score Essex (202/8 in 45 overs against Middlesex) in 2005
Lowest Team Score Middlesex (144 in 36.4 overs against Essex) in 2006
Best Batting Performance Paul Weekes (82 Runs for Middlesex against Essex) in 2005
Best Bowling Performance Heath Streak (4/39 for Warwickshire against Essex) in 2007

History[edit]

The ground was named after the Garon family of Southend who were major retailers in the town for several generations[3]. Norman Garon donated the land to the town in 1885[4]. The Garons opened a chain of shops, cinemas and banqueting suites at a time when rail travel to the town had started to bring in tourists from London. One member of the family, Percy Garon, was decorated for his efforts in World War 1 and awarded the George Medal during World War 2 for fighting fires across Essex. He became chairman of Southend Lifeboat Service and is remembered today by one of the services main boats being named after him[5][6].


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