Southchurch Park

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Southchurch Park
Ground information
Location Southend, Essex
Establishment 1906 (first recorded match)
Capacity 6,000
End names
Northumberland Crescent End
Boating Lake End
Team information
Essex (1906–1907, 1914–1964, 1966, 1968 & 1977–2004)
As of 12 September 2010
Source: Ground profile

Southchurch Park is a recreational park in the parish of Southchurch, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England. It houses a cricket ground.


The first recorded cricket match on the ground was in 1906, when Essex County Cricket Club played their inaugural first-class match there, beating Leicestershire by five wickets. Essex played 130 first-class matches at Southchurch Park between 1906 and 2004, playing their final first-class match there against Nottinghamshire in the 2004 County Championship.[1]

In addition, the ground has also hosted List-A matches, the first of which came in the 1977 John Player League and saw Essex play Middlesex. From 1977 to 2004, the ground held 28 List-A matches, the last of which saw Essex play Northamptonshire in the 2004 totesport League.[2]

The ground has also held 19 Second XI fixtures between 1972 and 1996 for the Essex Second XI in the Second XI Championship and Second XI Trophy.[3][4]

In local domestic cricket, the ground is the home venue of Southend-on-Sea and EMT Cricket Club.[5]


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Coordinates: 51°31′58″N 0°44′08″E / 51.53291°N 0.73547°E / 51.53291; 0.73547