Mangaung Oval

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Mangaung Oval
Ground information
Location Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Coordinates 29°7′0.04″S 26°12′18.97″E / 29.1166778°S 26.2052694°E / -29.1166778; 26.2052694Coordinates: 29°7′0.04″S 26°12′18.97″E / 29.1166778°S 26.2052694°E / -29.1166778; 26.2052694
Establishment 1989
Capacity 20,000
Operator Free State
Tenants Free State
End names
Loch Logan End
Willows End
International information
First Test 29 October – 1 November 1999: South Africa v Zimbabwe
Last Test 19–22 November 2008: South Africa v Bangladesh
First ODI 15 December 1992: South Africa v India
Last ODI 3 February 2016: South Africa v England
First T20I 8 October 2010: South Africa v Zimbabwe
Team information
Free State (1989-present)
Knights (2004-present)
As of 3 February 2016
Source: Cricinfo

Mangaung Oval, previously known as Springbok Park, Chevrolet Park, Goodyear Park, and OUTsurance Oval, is a cricket oval in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. It is the home of the Knights cricket team. The stadium holds 20,000 people and opened in 1989.

History[edit]

The ground hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 when South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India. In October 2000 it was accorded full Test status with the visit of Zimbabwe.

One of the greatest innings ever played occurred early in 1994 when the former South African captain Hansie Cronje smashed 251 with 28 fours and six sixes against the touring Australians.

The ground played its part in South African Test history when, fittingly, Allan Donald who as Free State cricketer played for many years here became the first South African to capture 300 test wickets during the first Test against New Zealand in November 2000.

2003 saw Feiko Kloppenburg and the unbeaten Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk of The Netherlands scoring a century in the same match as Netherlands posted their only win in 2003 Cricket World Cup against Namibia.

This was the same stadium were Colin Ingram scored his maiden ODI century in his first international match. He subsequently became the first South African to score a century on debut.

Springbok Park boasts some of the best lights in the country and is regularly used for day/night matches, when the grassy banks become colourfully filled with spectators and a carnival atmosphere prevails. It is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, with Bloemfontein coach station adjacent to the ground.

A naming rights arrangement saw the ground renamed Goodyear Park due to sponsorship by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until the 2007/08 season when it was renamed the OUTsurance Oval. Now, it was renamed again as Mangaung Oval.

Test Hosted[edit]

Team (A) Team (B) winner Margin Year
 South Africa  Zimbabwe  South Africa By innings & 13 runs 1999
 South Africa  New Zealand  South Africa By 5 wickets 2000
 South Africa  India  South Africa By 9 wickets 2001
 South Africa  Bangladesh  South Africa By innings & 129 runs 2008

See also[edit]

List of Test cricket grounds

External links[edit]