Kingsmead Cricket Ground

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Kingsmead Cricket Ground
Panoramic view of the Kingsmead
Ground information
LocationDurban, South Africa
Coordinates29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139Coordinates: 29°51′0.21″S 31°1′40.13″E / 29.8500583°S 31.0278139°E / -29.8500583; 31.0278139
TenantsKwaZulu-Natal Dolphins
End names
Umgeni End
Old Fort End
International information
First Test18–22 January 1923:
 South Africa v  England
Last Test13–17 February 2019:
 South Africa v  Sri Lanka
First ODI17 December 1992:
 South Africa v  India
Last ODI7 February 2020:
 South Africa v  England
First T20I12 September 2007:
 Kenya v  New Zealand
Last T20I14 February 2020:
 South Africa v  England
First women's Test31 December –4 January 1960:
 South Africa v  England
Last women's Test10–14 March 1972:
 South Africa v  New Zealand
First WODI20 January 2021:
 South Africa v  Pakistan
Last WODI26 January 2021:
 South Africa v  Pakistan
First WT20I4 March 2016:
 South Africa v  West Indies
Last WT20I31 January 2021:
 South Africa v  Pakistan
Team information
KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins (2003–present)
Durban Heat (2018-present)
As of 31 January 2021
Source: ESPNCricinfo

Kingsmead is a cricket ground in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Its stated capacity is 25,000,[1] although grass terracing makes up part of the viewing area. The 'end names' are the Umgeni End (north) and the Old Fort Road End (south). It is the home ground of the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins.

In October 2019, Hollywoodbets was announced as the naming rights sponsor to the ground, with it now being known as Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium until August 2024.[2]


The venue hosted the first home Test for the South African cricket team after re-admission into international cricket and also hosted the Test against the English cricket team in 1939, which lasted from the third to the thirteenth of March and was called off over fears that the English would miss their ship home.

The first Test match to be played here was between South Africa and England on 18 January 1923, which resulted in a draw on the 5th day

It has been renowned as a seamers wicket, and there is also a famous myth regarding how the tide affects batting conditions, as the ground is quite close to the beach. Many batting collapses in matches in the past have jokingly been blamed on changes in the tide.

On 19 September 2007 the ground witnessed Yuvraj Singh's iconic six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broad's over in the World Twenty20 match between India and England, to mark the fastest fifty ever in any form of cricket.[3]

A panoramic view of the Kingsmead during South Africa vs Australia in 2009

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stadiums in South Africa. World Stadiums. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  2. ^ Mercury Reporter (8 October 2019). "Hollywoodbets takes on stadium naming rights". The Mercury.
  3. ^ [1] Cricinfo. Retrieved on 28 April 2016