Tyronne Fernando Stadium

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De Soysa Park Stadium
Ground information
Location Moratuwa, Western Province
Establishment 1952
Capacity 16,000
Owner Moratuwa Sports Club
Operator Sri Lanka Cricket
End names
Press Box End
Katubadda End
International information
First Test 8 September 1992: Sri Lanka v Australia
Last Test 8 December 1993: Sri Lanka v West Indies
First ODI 31 March 1984: Sri Lanka v New Zealand
Last ODI 14 August 1993: Sri Lanka v India
Domestic team information
Moratuwa Cricket Club (? – present)

De Soysa Park is a multi-use stadium in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. The stadium holds 15,000 people and hosted its first Test match in 1992. The ground opened in 1941 and gained Test status in 1979. Moratuwa, located just eight miles (13 km) south from the city of Colombo, has produced a large number of cricketers for both Ceylon and Sri Lanka. The town is renowned for its carpentry, musicians (especially 'Baila'), fishing and for its philanthropists: the de Soysa family. Indeed it was this famous family that initiated the development of De Soysa Park Stadium, when they donated the 5 acre (20,000 sq m) plot of land to the Urban Council in 1941, to develop the Sports Complex. An additional 2 acres were sold under its market value by another member of the family. The Ground was named the "De Soysa " Park and subsequently used mainly for Moratuwa Sports Club (MSC) and school competitions. It was again A. H. T. De Soysa that assisted the call for putting up a the first stadium/pavilion in 1952. The club, its presidents D. H. L. De Silva, Dr. H. I. Fernando and local MP Wimalasiri De Mel took a keen interest in developing it further. Later Moratuwa received more support from the then Deputy Foreign Minister, Tyronne Fernando, in the year 1978 to 1979. A stadium was built, which could accommodate approximately 16,000 spectators. The first ever-visiting team to play was the West Indians in 1979.

History[edit]

The ground has traditionally favoured the batsmen. However, the pitch can break up and the ball then has a tendency to keep low. The first ever Test Match to be played at this venue was against Australia on the 8th of September 1992. Allan Border made 106 and Ian Healy 71 as the visitors scored 337 in the first innings and controlled the match thereafter. However half centuries from Aravinda De Silva and Hashan Tillakaratne ensured a draw for the home side.

The most memorable of the four Test matches - they were all drawn - to have been played here was the third, against South Africa. On the last day Jonty Rhodes defied Muttiah Muralitharan to score 101* and keep the series alive.

In recent times the venue is mostly used for the foreign teams to play their side games and for Sebastianites to play their home matches in the domestic season. In recent times the wicket has become rather low in bounce, is conducive to spin, but is generally favourable to the batsmen.

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References[edit]

http://pdfs.island.lk/2006/09/15/p11.pdf

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