The Oval (Kennington Oval; The AMP Oval; The Foster's Oval; The Brit Oval, The Kia Oval)

London, England
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This ground is known to people of different generations, differently - The Oval; AMP Oval; Foster’s Oval; Brit Oval and most recently, The Kia Oval, due to it's commercial sponsors. A temporary home to prisoners in transit during the Second World War, it was established in 1845 to accommodate a crowd of 23500, but floodlights were installed only in 2009. It is home to England's national cricket team as well as the county of Surrey. Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the first -ever Test on English soil was played at this very ground between England and Australia from September 6-8, 1880 with WG Grace scoring a hundred in the first game of his career. The first ODI was played almost 90 years later between England and the West Indies. More importantly, this is the historic venue where the legend of the Ashes was born a couple of years after the inaugural Test, in August 1882. England were all-out for 78 while chasing a small total of 85. The next morning, the famous mock obituary was published. 

 

The Oval has also been witness to many historic matches, England's epic win over Australia by an innings and 579 runs in 1938; Don Bradman's farewell duck 10 years later; Holding's 14 wickets in 1976 and many more. It is also a general sports ground in the world, which staged the first FA Cup final in 1872. The ground has also witnessed rock concerts, ice skating, rugby matches and the traditional end-of-season Aussie Rules match. The most beautiful structures of the ground are the pavilion, built in 1890, and the Vauxhall stand.
 


Ground Statistics

In:
Matches Played:
95
Matches Tied:
0
No Result:
36
Most Successful Team:
England
Wins by Team Batting First:
33
Wins by Team Batting Second:
26
Most Prolific Batsman:
Len Hutton (1521 Runs)
Highest Individual Score:
364 by Len Hutton
Most Prolific Bowler:
Ian Botham (52 Wickets)
Best Bowling Analysis:
9/57 by Devon Malcolm
Matches Played:
53
Matches Tied:
0
No Result:
1
Most Successful Team:
England
Wins by Team Batting First:
21
Wins by Team Batting Second:
31
Most Prolific Batsman:
Marcus Trescothick (528 Runs)
Highest Individual Score:
145 by Nathan Astle
Most Prolific Bowler:
James Anderson (25 Wickets)
Best Bowling Analysis:
6/42 by Umar Gul
Matches Played:
13
Matches Tied:
0
No Result:
0
Most Successful Team:
West Indies
Wins by Team Batting First:
7
Wins by Team Batting Second:
6
Most Prolific Batsman:
Chris Gayle (237 Runs)
Highest Individual Score:
96 by Tillakaratne Dilshan
Most Prolific Bowler:
Umar Gul (9 Wickets)
Best Bowling Analysis:
5/6 by Umar Gul

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