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Arundel Castle Cricket Ground is a cricket ground in Arundel, West Sussex, England, nearby to Arundel Castle. It has been in use since 1952.[1] The ground was first used by the Sussex 1st XI in 1972 for limited-over matches and in 1990 for County Championship matches. As of the end of the 2015 English cricket season, Arundel Castle has hosted 32 first-class matches, 20 List A matches, and 5 T20 matches.[2][3][4]

Arundel Castle Cricket Ground
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The West Indians are playing, with Brian Lara on strike
Ground information
LocationArundel, West Sussex
End names
Park End
Castle End
Team information
Sussex (1972 – present)
Source: Cricinfo


Cricket historyEdit

Many matches have been played at the ground over the years by Sussex, often as part of the Arundel Festival, an annual event held in August.[5] Arundel Castle's first List A match was a 1972 match between Sussex and Gloucestershire in the John Player League. Gloucestershire won the match by 2 wickets, helped by a five-wicket haul from Mike Procter.[6] In 1990, Arundel Castle hosted its first County Championship match. The match was between Sussex and Hampshire and ended in a draw, after Colin Wells scored a century for Sussex and Chris Smith scored a century for Hampshire.[7]

The ground has hosted some tour matches, and also MCC matches against international A sides. The first of these matches was in 2000 as part of Zimbabwe's tour of England against a West Indians team. The match ended in a draw, with West Indians Sherwin Campbell, Brian Lara and Shivnarine Chanderpaul all scoring centuries, as well as Zimbabwe and Sussex cricketer Murray Goodwin.[8] In 2002, Arundel Castle hosted a drawn match between Indians and West Indies A and in 2003 it hosted a drawn match between India A and South Africans.[9][10] The ground hosted MCC matches against the Australians in 2001, the West Indians in 2004, and Sri Lanka A in 2007; the MCC lost all three matches.[11][12][13]

In June 2010, the Unicorns hosted Sussex in a match at Arundel Castle.[14] The Unicorns chased down Sussex's score of 325/4 from 40 overs, scoring 327/4, which at the time was the highest successful run chase in the history of 40-over cricket.[15][16] Batsman Wes Durston scored 117 from 68 balls for the Unicorns.[17][18]

In 2015, a T20 match between Sussex and Surrey was abandoned after Surrey cricketers Moisés Henriques and Rory Burns collided with each other whilst attempting a catch. Both players were subsequently hospitalised.[19][20]

Other historyEdit

In September 2003, Zoological Society of London released 1,000 crickets – specifically Gryllus campestris, the endangered British field cricket – into the wild at the Arundel Castle ground and another undisclosed location in West Sussex.[21]

In 2012, The Sunday Telegraph included Arundel Castle in their list of "Britain's best 5 cricket grounds", calling it a "great stop on a family day out in the Sussex countryside."[22] In 2015, The Independent listed the ground in the 10 most picturesque outgrounds to watch County Cricket.[23]


First-class cricket recordsEdit

Category Information
Highest Team Score Leicestershire (566/8dec against Sussex) in 1999
Lowest Team Score Sussex (71 against Worcestershire) in 1997
Best Batting Performance Murray Goodwin (235 Runs for Sussex against Yorkshire) in 2006
Best Bowling Performance Chris Cairns (8/47 for Nottinghamshire against Sussex) in 1995


List A cricket recordsEdit

Category Information
Highest Team Score Unicorns (327–4 in 40 overs against Sussex) in 2010
Lowest Team Score Sussex (96 in 17.5 overs against Gloucestershire) in 2006
Best Batting Performance Chris Adams (163 Runs for Sussex against Middlesex) in 1999
Best Bowling Performance Mike Procter (5/10 for Gloucestershire against Sussex) in 1972



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  3. ^ "List A Matches played on Arundel Castle Cricket Club Ground (19)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Twenty20 matches played on Arundel Castle Cricket Club Ground, Arundel (5)". CricketArchive. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  5. ^ Allen, David J. (October 1987). Sussex (Shire county guides). p. 116.
  6. ^ "Sussex v Gloucestershire – John Player League 1972". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Sussex v Hampshire – Britannic Assurance County Championship 1990". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  8. ^ "West Indians v Zimbabweans – Zimbabwe in British Isles 2000". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Indians v West Indies A – West Indies A in British Isles 2002". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  10. ^ "India A v South Africans – South Africa in British Isles 2003". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  11. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Australians – Australia in British Isles 2001". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v West Indians – West Indies in British Isles 2004". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Marylebone Cricket Club v Sri Lanka A – Sri Lanka A in England 2007". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Unicorns squad unveiled". England and Wales Cricket Board. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Unicorns stun Sussex in record chase". ESPNcricinfo. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Record-breaking Unicorns stun Sussex in run chase". BBC Sport. 23 May 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  17. ^ Bolton, Paul (25 May 2010). "Wes Durston's Unicorns century catches the attention of Derbyshire". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  18. ^ The Shorter Wisden 2011: Selected writing from Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2011. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  19. ^ Culley, Jon (14 June 2015). "Surrey vs Sussex abandoned after horrifying collision involving Surrey players Rory Burns and Moises Henriques". The Independent. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  20. ^ Macpherson, Will (14 June 2015). "Surrey's Moises Henriques and Rory Burns hospitalised after horror collision". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  21. ^ Kavanagh, David (September 2006). A Country Pillow Book. Dram Books. p. 341. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  22. ^ Baum, Tom; Butler, Richard (August 2014). Tourism and Cricket: Travels to the Boundary. Channel View Publications. p. 29. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  23. ^ Hughes, David (2 April 2015). "County Cricket 2015: 10 outgrounds to visit in the coming season". The Independent.
  24. ^ a b "Arundel Castle Cricket Club Ground, Arundel – records". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 March 2016.

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