Allan Border Field

Allan Border Field is a cricket ground in the Brisbane suburb of Albion in Queensland. The Australian Cricket Academy has been based at the oval since 2004 using it as a base for the development of elite cricketers throughout Australia.

Allan Border Field
Stuart Law stand 1a.jpg
The Stuart Law stand at Allan Border Field
LocationAlbion, Brisbane, Australia
Home clubQueensland Bulls
Queensland Fire
Cricket Australia XI
OwnerQueensland Government
TenantsQueensland Bulls
Queensland Fire
Cricket Australia XI
Southern Stars
Australia A
National Performance Squad
End names
Crosby Road End
Albion Park End
As of 31 October 2017
Source: ESPNcricinfo

It was formerly known as Neumann Oval and was home to the Fortitude Valley Diehards rugby league team from 1909 until 1995. The oval was named for Fred "Firpo" Neumann, Valley's club captain (and later president) and Queensland and Australian representative footballer.[1] Queensland Cricket purchased the ground not long after Valley's relocation and named it in honour of former Australian cricket captain Allan Border. The ground is used as a training facility for the Queensland Bulls and more recently the Australian cricket team.[2] The capacity of the ground is 6,300, which is much smaller than the Gabba. It is also used as a home venue for the Queensland Bulls and Cricket Australia XI in Australian domestic cricket.[3]


The first first-class match held at the ground was played between Queensland and a touring Pakistan team in 1999 during which, both Matthew Hayden and Stuart Law[4] made centuries as Queensland won the match by 112 runs.[5]

The venue hosted Australian domestic and List A matches in the early-2000s, including the 1999/00 Pura Cup Final [6] but, in later years, was restricted to tour matches between Queensland and international teams with the Gabba becoming the primary home of the Queensland Bulls.

In 2009, Pakistan A won in a three-match one-day series against Australia A [7] but, lost the subsequent Twenty20 match.[8]

Sheffield Shield was re-introduced in 2010 with a match played between Queensland and South Australia [9] and more games have been played since, including a match in 2013 between Queensland and Tasmania during which Jordan Silk made a century.[10]

In 2014, two four-day matches were played between Australia A and a touring India A team.[11] Naman Ojha made a double-century and Mitchell Marsh, who scored 211, and Sam Whiteman, who scored 174, put on 371 runs for the eighth wicket, an Australian record and the second-highest eighth-wicket partnership recorded.[12] Both matches resulted in a draw.[13]

On 23 June 2014 it was announced that the field would jointly play host to the initial rounds of the newly sponsored Matador BBQs One-Day Cup in October.[14][15] In the first match, Josh Hazlewood took 7 for 36 against South Australia, the third-best bowling performance in Australian domestic one-day history and the best by a New South Welshman.[16] Four days later, Jonathan Wells made the second-highest score in List A cricket at Allan Border Field, becoming just the fourth batsman to make a century in List A cricket at the ground. In the same match Sam Rainbird took figures of 5 for 29.[17] However, in the last match, Queenslander Joe Burns made 115 against South Australia in a 94-run victory, passing Wells' score and becoming the fifth batsman to make a century in List A cricket at the ground.[18][19]

On 8 July 2015 Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis hit part-time medium-pacer Brendan Smith for six sixes in an over on his way to 121 from 73 balls while playing for the National Performance Squad in a 50-over match against a National Indigenous Squad. Smith, captain of the New South Wales under-17s, also sent down a wide meaning his one over of the match went for 37 runs. The game was a non-sanctioned practice match.[20]

On 23–27 March 2018 the Sheffield Shield final was played at the ground between Queensland Bulls and Tasmania Tigers the match was won by Queensland by 9 wickets it was Queensland's 8th title and first since 2011–12 Sheffield Shield season


First Class cricketEdit

This table contains the top five highest scores made by a batsman in a single innings.

Season Player Team Score Opponent
2005/06 Marlon Samuels West Indies 257 Queensland
2002/03 Martin Love Queensland 250 England XI
2000/01 Ricky Ponting Tasmania 233 Queensland
2014 Naman Ojha India A 219* Australia A
2014 Mitchell Marsh Australia A 211 India A

Last Updated 10 July 2014.[21]

List A cricketEdit

This table contains the top five highest scores made by a batsman in List A matches.

Season Player Team Score Opponent
2009 Tim Paine Australia A 134 Pakistan A
2014 Joe Burns Queensland 115 South Australia
2014 Jonathan Wells Tasmania 110 Victoria
2009 Umar Akmal Pakistan A 104 Australia A
2009 Khalid Latif Pakistan A 100 Australia A

Last Updated 15 July 2015.[22]

National Cricket CentreEdit

Cricket Australia officially opened the new National Cricket Centre on 12 November 2013. The new facility replaced the Centre of Excellence. The National Cricket Centre features state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor training facilities and equipment in order to enhance the development of Australian cricketers.[23] The street that the Allan Border Field is on was also renamed in honour of former Australian captain Greg Chappell.[24]

See alsoEdit

List of sports venues in Australia


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  14. ^ "Enormous cricket feast revealed". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Matador BBQs One-Day Cup 2014". Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Hazlewood takes seven in Blues win". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  17. ^ "Tasmania claim bonus point in big win". Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
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  19. ^ "9th Match: South Australia v Queensland at Brisbane, Oct 12, 2014". ESPN CricInfo. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
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  22. ^ Allan Border Field, Brisbane - Centuries in List A cricket
  23. ^ "National Cricket Centre". Cricket Australia. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  24. ^ "Greg Chappell no Bogan". Cricket Australia. Retrieved 11 June 2014.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 27°26′7″S 153°2′46″E / 27.43528°S 153.04611°E / -27.43528; 153.04611