Hagley Oval

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Hagley Oval
Hagley Oval 2007 - from HagleyParkAerialPhoto.jpg
The ground in 2007
Ground information
Location Christchurch, Canterbury
Coordinates 43°32′02″S 172°37′08″E / 43.534°S 172.619°E / -43.534; 172.619Coordinates: 43°32′02″S 172°37′08″E / 43.534°S 172.619°E / -43.534; 172.619
Establishment c1886
Capacity 20,000 (with temporary seating)
End names
Port Hills End
City End
International information
First Test 26 December 2014: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
First ODI 23 January 2014: Canada v Scotland
Last ODI 23 February 2015: England v Scotland
Domestic team information
Canterbury (1886 –)
As of 20 June 2014
Source: CricketArchive

Hagley Oval is a cricket ground located in Hagley Park in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1867, when Canterbury cricket team hosted Otago cricket team. Canterbury used the ground infrequently from then through until the 1920s, but hardly stopped during World War I.

The first match in the Plunket Shield was played there in December 1907, when Canterbury played Auckland.[1] Canterbury returned there in 1979, and played a number of their 1993/94 Shell Cup home matches at the ground.

The first One Day International at the ground was played between Scotland and Canada during the 2014 Cricket World Cup Qualifier on 23 January 2014. The ground has also hosted three Women's Test matches and six Women's ODIs.

In 2013 the controversial Canterbury Cricket proposal to develop Hagley Oval as an international cricket venue was approved by the Environment Court.[2] During the process of building and renovation of the Oval, it suffered two major floodings in 2013.

In 2014 Hagley Oval became the eighth Test venue in New Zealand. The Boxing Day match against Sri Lanka marked New Zealand's first Test in Christchurch since the city was hit by a major earthquake in 2011, but nearly 10 years since Lancaster Park held what became the final match in Christchurch in 2006.[3][4]Brendon McCullum scored his fastest test hundred in New Zealand's history. He also scored his 100th test run in the 2014 calendar year, but missed out on his 4th test double century in that calendar year.

Hagley Oval hosted NZ's opening ceremony and match for the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, while their final match as host of the World Cup was between England and Scotland on 23 February 2015, which was a day after the 4th anniversary of 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.

When the Oval has no matches scheduled, it can still be used as a community park, with youth level, mixed-gender cricket being played on Saturdays. The tent-like pavilion was named after Richard Hadlee when the old Hadlee stand of Lancaster Park being demolished first after the Park become unusable.The pitch is designed like an inverted saucer, with 11 slots for drop-in pitches and emulates certain aspects of Lord's and a large and fast outfield of Adelaide Oval, so it slopes down evenly outside the boundaries.[5]

Tests hosted[edit]

Team (A) Team (B) Winner Margin Year
 New Zealand  Sri Lanka  New Zealand 8 wickets 2014


  1. ^ R.T. Brittenden, Great Days in New Zealand Cricket, A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1958, pp. 33-38.
  2. ^ Court decision
  3. ^ cricket returns to Christchurch
  4. ^ "Hadlee's pride at Christchurch rebuild". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 

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