St George's Park Cricket Ground
St George’s Park Cricket Ground (also known as St George's Park, Crusaders Ground or simply Crusaders) is a cricket ground in St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. It is the home of the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa, and the Eastern Province Club. It is also one of the venues at which Test matches and One Day Internationals are played in South Africa. It is older than Kingswood College in Grahamstown. The ground is notable for its brass band that plays during major matches, adding a unique flavour to its atmosphere.
|Location||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|Tenants||South Africa national cricket team|
Park Drive End
|First Test||12–13 March 1889:|
South Africa v England
|Last Test||21–25 February 2019:|
South Africa v Sri Lanka
|First ODI||9 December 1992:|
South Africa v India
|Last ODI||19 January 2019:|
South Africa v Pakistan
|First T20I||16 December 2007:|
South Africa v West Indies
|Last T20I||9 March 2014:|
South Africa v Australia
|As of 22 February 2019|
The ground hosted its first Test match in March 1889 when England defeated South Africa by 8 wickets. This was South Africa’s first Test match. As of 2005[update], there have been 21 Test matches played at the ground of which South Africa has won 8 and their opponents 9 with 4 draws.
The first One Day International played at the ground was in December 1992 when South Africa beat India by 6 wickets. As of 2005[update], there have been 25 One Day Internationals played at the ground including five in the Cricket World Cup in 2003.
The ground's official name is "Axxess DSL St Georges" acknowledging a commercial sponsorship arrangement. However South African and other cricket fans continue to call the ground by its historic name, just "St George’s Park". Its nickname is "The Dragon's Lair" based on the famous legend of St George.
2003 Cricket World CupEdit
St George's Park was one of 15 venues in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya selected to host matches during the world cup. It hosted 5 matches during the tournament, including 3 group games, 1 super six game and a semi-final.
2009 Indian Premier LeagueEdit
When the 2009 IPL was moved to South Africa, St George's Park was chosen as one of eight venues in South Africa to host matches. The ground hosted a seven matches, all of them were group games.
The stadium is one of the Warriors' 2 home grounds, the other being East London's Buffalo Park. The stadium hosts Warriors home matches in the Sunfoil Series, Momentum 1 Day Cup (previously the MTN Domestic Championship) and Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
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