With lush green outfield and compact spacing, this ground could well be a picnic spot for one. First-class status was awarded to this ground on December 6, 1991, with Durham becoming the first new first-class county for 70 years. Their first season in the County Championship was the 1992 season. Durham has not been distinguished by marked success as a first-class county. The ground hosted its first game between Durham and Warwickshire, on May 18, 1995. The development of the Riverside into a significant cricketing venue was underscored in 1999, when it hosted World Cup matches involving Pakistan, Scotland, Australia and Bangladesh, and then in 2000 when it staged the first One Day International match in the NatWest Triangular Series between England, Zimbabwe and the West Indies. 2003 saw the Riverside Ground rose to Test match status, but has so far only been used for three England Test matches, against Zimbabwe in 2003.