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
15:44, Thu Jul 20, 2017 (UTC +0100)
Bought by WG Grace
County Ground
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Jun 13, 1983 Scorecard
England v Ireland - May 5, 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
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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

2017
Tue Jul 25 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Fri Jul 28 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Fri Aug 4 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Gloucestershire v Somerset
Sun Aug 13 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Group - Gloucestershire v Essex
Mon Aug 14 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
4th Youth ODI - England Under-19s v India Under-19s
Sat Aug 26 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
Women's Cricket Super League
Western Storm v Lancashire Thunder
Tue Sep 12 - Fri Sep 15          
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Kent
Sun Sep 24 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
3rd ODI - England v West Indies
Mon Sep 25 - Thu Sep 28
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
Specsavers County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Derbyshire
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South Group: Gloucs v Hampshire at Bristol
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South Group: Gloucs v Essex at Bristol
Aug 13, 2017 (14:30 local | 13:30 GMT)
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