So, if you haven't noticed by now, I love cricket. So much so, I have decided that my aim is to visit every county ground in the country. This can be for any kind of game (Domestic or International) - just so long as I have seen a match (or day's play) on said ground.
As I visit each stadium, I shall update this table and provide evidence below the table.
So here is the up to date table.
|Durham||Chester Le Street||-|
|Glamorgan||Sophia Gardens||Link to Proof|
|Gloucestershire||Bristol County Ground||-|
|Hampshire||The Rose Bowl||Link to Proof!|
|Kent||St Lawrence Ground||Link to Proof!|
|Middlesex||Lords||Link to Proof!|
|Northamptonshire||Northants County Ground||-|
|Surrey||The Oval||Link to Proof|
|Sussex||Hove||Link to Proof|
|Warwickshire||Edgbaston||Link to Proof!|
Edgbaston | Warwickshire
Date : 10th September 2017
So the truth is that I have vistited Edgbaston a lot already - it is my local county ground after all.
The image above refers to the Champions Trophy game I was at in 2017 where New Zealand played Australia. NZ batted first and Kane Williamson gave us a batting display (100 off 97 balls - NZ 291ao off 50 Overs). Then Australia went into bat, the ground was fairly empty so I could move around the ground - ended up with my cousins in the Member's stand and saw James Taylor and Jeetan Patel.
It then rained - and the match got called off with Australia 53-3.
Rose Bowl | Hampshire
Date : Wednesday 20th July 2017
Now that I have moved down south, the Rose Bowl is now my 'local' ground. We got a few T20 Blast tickets and a few mates and I went to watch the game. The ground is pretty amazing (not as good as Edgbaston obviously ;)). Shane Warne has his own stand (which is obviously the drinking stand :P).
It was a pretty dull affair to be fair, Hampshire were 45-4 after the powerplay, Shahid Afridi didn't fire and Sussex won with ease.
St Lawrence Ground | Kent
Date : Friday 12th May 2017
I went to the University of Kent - and the local county ground was the St Lawrence Ground (it was so close, I could walk there). Every year, the two universities would play their outdoor varsity T20 game on the county ground. The reason why this came about was that Kent CCC wanted to test out their floodlights - and therefore asked the universities to play there.
I never got the chance to play on the ground, but I did play a lot of indoor games at the Indoor Facility (long live the Pharon League). Plus I watched our Universities battle each other on the pitch itself (CCCU 3 - 1 UKC).
I also watched a T20 there in my first year (Kent vs Middlesex). I saw Doug Bollinger bowl (jeezz he is quick!) and Dan Christian hit some big sixes.
Sophia Gardens | Glamorgan
Date : Wednesday 14th June 2017
Now, officially, I've been to Sophia Gardens twice. The first time, a friend and I went to watch my university's women's cricket team compete at National BUCS Indoor Championship. But the second time I went there with a friend to watch England vs Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy semi final. In terms of the game, England did't get enough runs batting first and Pakistan knocked it off with ease.
Thing I did note were as follows :
- In the stands at Sophia Gardens, during the over, you cannot go in and out the stand until the end of the over. Why?
- Pakistan fans are REALLY ANNOYING. I don't mind them being rowdy, and fair play to them for celebrating the win, but why cheer everything like its a flipping miricle?! Every single?!, Every piece of fielding?!, Every play and miss?!
The Oval | Surrey
Date : 15th August 2018
On one random Wednesday in the middle of August (quite literally), a few of my teammates at Fleet decided to go to the Oval to watch Hampshire play Surrey, in the Vitality T20 Competition. Just by going into the ground, you can tell what a prestigious ground it was - and I could fully understand why England play test matches here. The one thing that was really good in seeing, was how many practice wickets there were on the ground. It's always been a prominant feature of the Oval, and it is claimed, is one of the reasons why the outfield is so fast there.
Because the practice pitches came all the way to our stand, I was able to see Dale Steyn warm up (he was representing Hampshire).
The game was a bit of a dead rubber, as both sides had no chance of qualifying for Finals Day. Surrey ran out easy winners. To be honest, I was a little bit pissed off with how 'lackadaisical' Hampshire were. Surrey's danger batsman was the talented Aaron Finch, and when Lewis McManus dropped the biggest dolly in the world, they just didn't seem to care.
Next stop, Test Match!
Hove | Sussex
Date : 15th August 2018
Hove is a small ground, just like Canterbury. It doesn't have the massive stands but instead has smaller stands - stands in which you do not get allocated seats but are obtained on a first come, first serve basis. The remaining hilly areas decked out with fold-out chairs - it really is that basic.
We were there for another Vitality T20 Blast game, Sussex vs Middlesex. A Sussex win would guarentee their place in the Quarter Final.
I went there with an old University friend and due to the traffic on the M25, we got there late. This meant we missed the first innings where Sussex scored 200+ (Luke Wright got 70+). After some negotiating, we got some seats in one of the small grandstands and the image above shows our view.
This was going to be a great second innings, as a strong Middlesex batting line up (which featured England's ODI/T20 captain Eoin Morgan) against probably the best pace bowling line up in this year's T20 Competition (Tymal Mills, Jofra Archer & Chris Jordan).
To show how quick Mills is, here he is live :
After 10 Overs, Middlesex look like they were going to get them with ease (Tymal Mills' first over went for 29!!) - but quick wickets (along with some good bowling by Danny Briggs) and Sussex won with ease.
Another great thing about Hove, is that you can walk on the outfield afterwards!
Lords | Middlesex
Date : 24th July 2019
So I've got to be honest, this isn't the first time I've been to Lords. For my 21st Birthday, my extended family bought me a 'Guided Tour of Lords'. But as it says at the top of the blog post, ...just so long as I have seen a match (or day's play) on said ground.
Tickets to Lords are expensive - like REALLY expensive. Even with a World Cup in England and the Ashes in England in 2019, I didn't manage to get any Lords tickets. However, Ireland played a one off test match at Lords, so a friend and I went to the game.
It was a really good day's play - we saw 20 wickets fall (especialy after England decided to forget how to bat -.- ). We were sitting in the baking sun, using the breaks in play to leave our seats to find shade to sit in.
Fun fact! Lords is the only ground that you can bring in your own booze. So we bought two bottles of Pimms and Lemonade and filled a cooler bag full of ice.
Fantastic day - can't wait to do it again. :)