Gymkhana Club Ground

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Nairobi Gymkhana Club
Ground information
LocationNairobi, Kenya
Capacity7,000
End names
City End
Forest Road End
International information
First ODI28 September 1996:
 Kenya v  Sri Lanka
Last ODI11 October 2010:
 Kenya v  Afghanistan
Team information
Kenya (1986–present)
As of 8 August 2014
Source: CricketArchive

Nairobi Gymkhana Club is a cricket ground and team in Nairobi, Kenya. It hosted two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. The ground has a capacity of 7,000 people. It is located north of the central business district, but not far from it. The ground is the main cricket venue in the country and the only one which could in any way be described as a major ground.

Cricket[edit]

The ground is home to a cricket team of the same name, which is one of the oldest cricket clubs in Kenya. Earlier the ground was called Suleman Verjee Indian Gymkhana having been donated by the Suleman Verjee family at a time when no recreational facilities of scale were available to Indians in Kenya.

The ground is home to one of Kenya's oldest and most influential clubs, the Gymkhana has hosted colonial and other important matches since the early 1900s but it really began to develop as Kenya became a serious force in world cricket in the 1990s.

It has become the main cricket ground in Kenya and hosts International games for the National team. It was at this ground, that Shahid Afridi scored the (then) fastest ODI century in 1997 from just 37 balls.

Investment in the ground accelerated with ICC grants which enabled it to host the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy although since then it has suffered from a lack on investment resulting from Kenya's internal problems. The ground itself is a mixture of grass banking and wooden stands, with a modern pavilion on one side and a new media centre, constructed for the 2000 tournament, at one end.[1]

As with many such clubs in Kenya, the Gymkhana is home to a variety of other sports as well as providing comfortable accommodation. Situated almost 5,500 feet above sea level, it is one of the highest first-class grounds.[2]

Facilities[edit]

The Gymkhana club also has an inside mini area where you have a badminton court and further in, you have an outside place where you have a swimming pool and a restaurant.

Transportation[edit]

Nairobi Gymkhana is situated a 20-minute taxi ride and is about 15 km from the airport. Parking near the ground is limited.

List of Centuries[edit]

One Day Internationals[edit]

No. Score Player Team Balls Inns. Opposing team Date Result
1 100* Romesh Kaluwitharana  Sri Lanka 89 2  Kenya 28 September 1996 Won[3]
2 124 Daryll Cullinan  South Africa 117 1  Pakistan 29 September 1996 Won[4]
3 121 Jonty Rhodes  South Africa 114 1  Pakistan 29 September 1996 Won[4]
4 115 Saeed Anwar  Pakistan 120 1  Sri Lanka 4 October 1996 Won[5]
5 102 Shahid Afridi  Pakistan 40 1  Sri Lanka 4 October 1996 Won[5]
6 122 Aravinda de Silva  Sri Lanka 116 2  Pakistan 4 October 1996 Lost[5]
7 118* Gary Kirsten  South Africa 127 2  Pakistan 6 October 1996 Won[6]
8 122 Dipak Chudasama  Kenya 113 1  Bangladesh 10 October 1997 Won[7]
9 144 Kennedy Otieno  Kenya 146 1  Bangladesh 10 October 1997 Won[7]
10 101* Lance Klusener  South Africa 105 2  Zimbabwe 28 September 1999 Won[8]
11 139 Sourav Ganguly  India 147 1  Zimbabwe 1 October 1999 Won[9]
12 132 Avishka Gunawardene  Sri Lanka 146 1  West Indies 4 October 2000 Won[10]
13 105* Saeed Anwar  Pakistan 134 2  Sri Lanka 8 October 2000 Won[11]
14 104 Saeed Anwar  Pakistan 115 1  New Zealand 11 October 2000 Lost[12]
15 141* Sourav Ganguly  India 142 1  South Africa 13 October 2000 Won[13]
16 117 Sourav Ganguly  India 130 1  New Zealand 15 October 2000 Lost[14]
17 102* Chris Cairns  New Zealand 113 2  India 15 October 2000 Won[14]
18 146 Matthew Hayden  Australia 128 1  Pakistan 30 August 2002 Won[15]
19 116 Jeremy Bray  Ireland 136 1  Scotland 30 January 2007 Lost[16]
20 100 Neil McCallum  Scotland 92 2  Ireland 30 January 2007 Won[16]
21 104 Darron Reekers  Netherlands 82 1  Ireland 5 February 2007 Won[17]
22 111* Thomas Odoyo  Kenya 113 2  Canada 18 October 2007 Won[18]
23 102 Steve Tikolo  Kenya 99 1  Zimbabwe 19 October 2008 Won[19]
24 109* Ryan ten Doeschate  Netherlands 121 1  Kenya 16 February 2010 Lost[20]

List of five-wicket hauls[edit]

One Day Internationals[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in Men's One Day Internationals at Gymkhana Club Ground
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing Team Inn O R W Result
1 Allan Donald 3 October 1996  South Africa  Kenya 2 9 23 6 South Africa won[21]
2 Waqar Younis 4 October 1996  Pakistan  Sri Lanka 2 8.5 52 5 Pakistan won[22]
3 Aasif Karim 10 October 1997  Kenya  Bangladesh 2 10 33 5 Kenya won[23]
4 Sunil Joshi 26 September 1999  India  South Africa 1 10 6 5 India won[24]
5 Shayne O'Connor 11 October 2000  New Zealand  Pakistan 1 9.2 46 5 New Zealand won[25]
6 Jason Gillespie 30 August 2002[a]  Australia  Pakistan 2 10 22 5 Australia won[26]
7 Jason Gillespie 7 September 2002[b]  Australia  Pakistan 1 10 70 5 No result[c][28]
8 Collins Obuya 24 February 2003[d]  Kenya  Sri Lanka 2 10 24 5 Kenya won[29]
9 Mashrafe Mortaza 15 August 2006  Bangladesh  Kenya 1 10 26 6 Bangladesh won[30]
10 Chris Mpofu 19 October 2008  Zimbabwe  Kenya 1 10 52 6 Kenya won[31]

Twenty20 Internationals[edit]

Five-wicket hauls in Men's Twenty20 Internationals at Gymkhana Club Ground
No. Bowler Date Team Opposing Team Inn O R W Result
1 Nehemiah Odhiambo 4 February 2010  Kenya  Scotland 1 4 20 5 Kenya won[32]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This match was part of the PSO Tri-Nation Tournament 2002 played between Australia, Pakistan and Kenya.
  2. ^ This was the final of the PSO Tri-Nation Tournament 2002.
  3. ^ Rain meant that it was not possible to complete the match. The title was shared between Australia and Pakistan.[27]
  4. ^ The match was part of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Nairobi Gymkhana's days could be numbered". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2018-04-20.
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  5. ^ a b c "6th Match, KCA Centenary Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 4 1996". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Final, KCA Centenary Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 6 1996". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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  8. ^ "3rd Match, LG Cup at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 28 1999". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  9. ^ "6th Match, LG Cup at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 1 1999 1999". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  10. ^ "2nd PQF, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 4 2000". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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  12. ^ "1st SF, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 11 2000". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  13. ^ "2nd SF, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 13 2000". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Final, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 15 2000". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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  16. ^ a b "3rd Match, ICC World Cricket League Division One at Nairobi (Gym), Jan 30 2007". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
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  20. ^ "1st ODI, Netherlands tour of Kenya at Nairobi (Gym), Feb 16 2010". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  21. ^ 5th Match, KCA Centenary Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 3 1996, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  22. ^ 6th Match, KCA Centenary Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 4 1996, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  23. ^ 1st Match, President's Cup at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 10 1997, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  24. ^ 2nd Match, LG Cup at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 26 1999, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  25. ^ 1st SF, ICC KnockOut at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 11 2000, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  26. ^ 2nd Match, PSO Tri-Nation Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Aug 30 2002, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  27. ^ Agha Akbar (2002) Rain provides reprieve to Pakistan, CricInfo, 2002-09-07. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  28. ^ Final, PSO Tri-Nation Tournament at Nairobi (Gym), Sep 7 2002, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  29. ^ 26th Match, ICC World Cup at Nairobi (Gym), Feb 24 2003, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  30. ^ 3rd ODI, Bangladesh tour of Kenya at Nairobi (Gym), Aug 15 2006, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  31. ^ 3rd Match, Tri-Nation Tournament in Kenya at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 19 2008, CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  32. ^ Kenya won by 10 wickets (with 33 balls remaining), CricInfo. Retrieved 2020-02-14.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 1°16′12″S 36°49′38.5″E / 1.27000°S 36.827361°E / -1.27000; 36.827361