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Bulawayo Athletic Club[1] is a sports club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The Bulawayo Athletic Club Ground is the 12,000-capacity stadium.

Bulawayo Athletic Club
Ground information
LocationBulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe
Coordinates20°09′53.41″S 28°35′36.54″E / 20.1648361°S 28.5934833°E / -20.1648361; 28.5934833Coordinates: 20°09′53.41″S 28°35′36.54″E / 20.1648361°S 28.5934833°E / -20.1648361; 28.5934833
OwnerBulawayo Athletic Club
TenantsZimbabwe Cricket
International information
Only Test1 November 1992:
 Zimbabwe v  New Zealand
First ODI31 October 1992:
 Zimbabwe v  New Zealand
Last ODI8 March 2018:
 Afghanistan v  Hong Kong
Team information
Rhodesia (1951)
Matabeleland (1994-2009)
As of 8 March 2018
Source: ESPNcricinfo



The club was founded in 1894. Cricket is the main sport played at the club, but tennis, bowls, squash and billiards are also played. It has also been a significant venue for many international sporting events.[2]

On 12 August 2007, a fire broke out at the club, destroying the members' bar area and billiards rooms and causing damages of up to US$400,000. The Walkden Hall, the squash courts and the changing rooms were saved from the blaze. The fire was believed to have been started by an electrical fault.[2]

At the Hockey Africa Cup of Champions held in Bulawayo in 2014, the Bulawayo Athletic Club ladies team reached the competition's final.[3] Two Bulawayo Athletic Club players were in the gold medal winning Zimbabwe ladies hockey team at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Patricia McKillop and Helen Volk.[4][5]

As a cricket venueEdit

In the summer of 1992, the Zimbabwe national cricket team was granted Test status. Shortly afterwards, Bulawayo Athletic Club hosted one Test match (becoming the country's second Test venue, after Harare Sports Club) and one One Day International, with New Zealand the visitors in both.[6]

New Zealand won the ODI, on 31 October, by 22 runs. The Test began the following day, but was badly hit by rain and a lack of adequate covering, with ten hours of play lost.[6] In addition, the wicket was poor, as were the attendances (1,000 on the first day and a few hundred each day thereafter). Thus, when international cricket returned to Bulawayo, it was played at the nearby Queens Sports Club.[6]

Bulawayo Athletic Club continued to host domestic matches, and along with Queens Sports Club served as a home ground for the Matabeleland team.[7]

International CenturiesEdit

Test CenturiesEdit

Only 2 Test centuries have been scored at the venue.[8]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 119 Rod Latham   New Zealand 214   Zimbabwe 1 November 1992 Drawn
2 101* Kevin Arnott   Zimbabwe 200   New Zealand 1 November 1992 Drawn

One Day International CenturiesEdit

Only 1 One Day International centuries have been scored at the venue.[9]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 157* Calum MacLeod   Scotland 146   Afghanistan 4 March 2018 Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bulawayo Athletic Club". CricketArchive. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Bulawayo Athletic Club The Club House at BAC was burnt to the ground on 12th August 2007". Bulawayo Athletic Club. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ "BAC successful despite final heartbreak". Southern Eye. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Helen Volk". Sports Reference. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Patricia McKillop". Sports Reference. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Bulawayo Athletic Club". Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Bulawayo Athletic Club". Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Batting Records/ Test". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Batting Records/ One Day International". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 March 2018.

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