The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry's Ground; Phoenix County Ground
1889
7000 (15,000 ODIs)
Installed in 2016
Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End
Gloucestershire
07:03, Tue Dec 12, 2017 (UTC +0000)
Bought by WG Grace
County Ground
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Jun 13, 1983 Scorecard
England v West Indies - Sep 24, 2017 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v Pakistan - Aug 28, 2006 Scorecard
England v Sri Lanka - Jun 25, 2011 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
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Profile

The County Ground was bought by WG Grace in 1889 (he lived nearby) and although it has had a somewhat troubled existence - more than once the county has considered leaving the ground - it remains the home of Gloucestershire, and is now even host to the occasional ODI. In 1919 the county sold the venue to Fry's, the confectionary firm, who brought in their own groundsman and, for a time, changed the name. In 1933 the county bought it back again. In 1976 they once again sold it, this time to Royal & Sun Alliance, buying it back in 2004.

The venue is not beautiful but it is steeped in cricket history, from the moment spectators enter via the Grace Gates, the role that legends such Gilbert Jessop and Wally Hammond have played is unmistakable. The ground is full of character, fringed by trees, with a solid Edwardian pavillion. The wicket is good, and can favour spinners. Difficult conditions can prevail, as when Gloucestershire played Middlesex here in 1909, when the game was completed in a single day, or when Tom Goddard took 17 wickets in a day here in 1939. In another Gloucestershire-Middlesex game in 1938, Jim Smith made the fastest uncontrived first-class fifty (11 minutes, 6 sixes, 2 fours). Grace scored a triple century here in 1896 against Sussex, a feat matched by Hammond in 1934 v Glamorgan.

The ground now acts as a general sports centre, with squash and tennis courts, and in winter the turf serves as the target for a golf driving range.
Martin Williamson

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Fixtures

2018
Sun Apr 1 - Tue Apr 3
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Marylebone Cricket Club University Matches
Gloucestershire v Cardiff MCCU
Fri Apr 20 - Mon Apr 23
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Sun May 20 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Gloucestershire v Essex
Fri May 25 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 13:00 GMT
09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Sun May 27 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Gloucestershire v Sussex
Wed Jun 6 (50 ovs)          
14:00 local | 13:00 GMT
09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
South Group - Gloucestershire v Middlesex
Sat Jun 9 - Tue Jun 12
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Kent
Thu Jun 28
South Africa Women v New Zealand Women (28 June 2018)
Thu Jun 28
England Women v New Zealand Women (28 June 2018)
Sun Jul 8 (20 ovs)
14:00 local | 13:00 GMT
09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT | 06:00 PDT
3rd T20I - England v India
Wed Jul 11 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Kent
Fri Jul 13 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Somerset
Fri Jul 20 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Essex
Fri Jul 27 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Thu Aug 9 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Middlesex
Sat Aug 11 (20 ovs)
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Southern Vipers
Sun Aug 12 (20 ovs)
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Surrey
Thu Aug 16 (20 ovs)          
NatWest t20 Blast
Gloucestershire v Sussex
Wed Aug 29 - Sat Sep 1
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
Tue Sep 4 - Fri Sep 7
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Middlesex
Tue Sep 18 - Fri Sep 21
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
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