The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground; Ashley Down Ground; Fry's Ground; Phoenix County Ground
1889
7000 (15,000 ODIs)
Temporary
Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End
Gloucestershire
17:44, Sat Apr 19, 2014 (UTC +0100)
Bought by WG Grace
County Ground
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Jun 13, 1983 Scorecard
England v Bangladesh - Jul 10, 2010 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

2014
Mon Apr 21 - Wed Apr 23
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Second Eleven Championship
South Division - Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Surrey 2nd XI
Thu Apr 24 (50 ovs)
12:00 local | 11:00 GMT
07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT
Second Eleven Trophy
South Division - Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Surrey 2nd XI
Sun Apr 27 - Wed Apr 30
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Essex
Fri May 16 (20 ovs)
17:30 local | 16:30 GMT
12:30 EDT | 11:30 CDT | 09:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Division - Gloucestershire v Somerset
Sun May 18 - Wed May 21
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Kent
Fri May 23 (20 ovs)
17:30 local | 16:30 GMT
12:30 EDT | 11:30 CDT | 09:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Division - Gloucestershire v Middlesex
Mon May 26 (50 ovs)
12:00 local | 11:00 GMT
07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT
Second Eleven Trophy
South Division - Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI
Tue May 27 - Thu May 29
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
Second Eleven Championship
South Division - Gloucestershire 2nd XI v Essex 2nd XI
Sun Jun 8 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Division - Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Mon Jun 9 - Thu Jun 12
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Surrey
Sat Jun 21 - Tue Jun 24
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Glamorgan
Fri Jun 27 (20 ovs)
17:30 local | 16:30 GMT
12:30 EDT | 11:30 CDT | 09:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Division - Gloucestershire v Kent
Fri Jul 4 (20 ovs)
17:30 local | 16:30 GMT
12:30 EDT | 11:30 CDT | 09:30 PDT
NatWest t20 Blast
South Division - Gloucestershire v Sussex
Thu Jul 31 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Gloucestershire v Hampshire
Tue Aug 5 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
Fri Aug 8 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
England A Team Tri-Series
England Lions v New Zealand A
Sat Aug 9 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
England A Team Tri-Series
New Zealand A v Sri Lanka A
Tue Aug 12 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
Royal London One-Day Cup
Group A - Gloucestershire v Lancashire
Mon Aug 25 (50 ovs)
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
1st ODI - England v India
Tue Sep 9 - Fri Sep 12
10:30 local | 09:30 GMT
05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT
LV= County Championship Division Two
Gloucestershire v Leicestershire
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Tom Richardson, the outgoing Gloucestershire chief executive, County Ground, Bristol, January 25, 2013
Tom Richardson, the outgoing Gloucestershire chief executive
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An artist's impression of the new pavilion at Bristol
An artist's impression of the new pavilion at Bristol
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An image of the proposed developments to the County Ground in Bristol, March 3, 2010
An image of the proposed developments to the County Ground in Bristol
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The sun sets at the County Ground and the lights take effect, Bristol, August 24, 2007
The sun sets at the County Ground and the lights take effect
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South Division: Glouc 2nd XI v Surr 2nd XI at Bristol
Apr 21-23, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
South Division: Glouc 2nd XI v Surr 2nd XI at Bristol
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Gloucs v Essex at Bristol
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South Division: Gloucs v Somerset at Bristol
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Gloucs v Kent at Bristol
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