Georgetown Cricket Club
1884
25,000
No
Regent Street End, North Road End
Guyana
22:34, Mon Sep 22, 2014 (UTC -0400)
The only Test ground in South America
Bourda
 

Records and statistics

West Indies v England - Feb 21-26, 1930 Scorecard
West Indies v South Africa - Mar 31-Apr 4, 2005 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
West Indies v Pakistan - Mar 30, 1988 Scorecard
West Indies v Zimbabwe - May 7, 2006 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

The Bourda Oval in Georgetown is one of the oldest grounds in the Caribbean, the first Test venue on mainland South America and the only one in the world below sea level - the venue itself is surrounded by a moat, used by local fishermen, to protect the ground. The Bourda, which was opened in 1884 and first staged Test cricket in 1930, has a very old-world feel about it with the splendid wooden pavilion at fine leg an imposing structure. The Ladies stand is as fascinating, but the more modern, such as the Rohan Kanhai stand, blend in well. The liveliest part of the ground with the ubiquitous music and DJs is at The Mound, an unprotected area.

While the crowd are passionate about their cricket, they are also among the most volatile, with mini riots and pitch invasions not uncommon. The worst incident was in 1979 during a World Series Cricket SuperTest when the pavilion was ransacked and players hid in the changing rooms wearing their helmets for added protection.

It is one of the largest grounds in the region, with a capacity of around 22,000, but has been dogged by poor weather as it is often scheduled matches in Guyana's wetter period. Despite this, it is a very special place to watch cricket.

The awarding of the 2007 World Cup to the Caribbean signalled the end of the Bourda as an international venue with the construction of a state-of-the-art cricket arena in the district of Providence on the outskirts of Georgetown. The Guyanese authorities, however, insisted that the Bourda would still be used for first-class cricket.
Martin Williamson

Latest Articles

Latest Photos

The moat outside Bourda, ICC World Twenty20, Guyana, May 1 2010
The moat outside Bourda
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd
The Rohan Kanhai stand at Bourda, ICC World Twenty20, Guyana, May 1 2010
The Rohan Kanhai stand at Bourda
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd
West Indies practise at Bourda, ICC World Twenty20, Guyana, May 1 2010
West Indies practise at Bourda
© ESPNcricinfo Ltd
Satellite image of Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive, outside Bourda Cricket Ground
Satellite image of Shivnarine Chanderpaul Drive, outside Bourda Cricket Ground
© Google
 
View the full index of related photos »

Weather

Weather.com
Mon
22/09

Mostly Clear
Mostly Clear

Min 23° C
Tue
23/09

Thunderstorms
Thunderstorms

Max 32° C
Min 23° C
Wed
24/09

Scattered Thunderstorms
Scattered Thunderstorms

Max 32° C
Min 23° C
Thu
25/09

AM Thunderstorms
AM Thunderstorms

Max 33° C
Min 22° C

Hour by Hour forecast » | 10-day forecast »

Ground Fixtures Ground Results
No fixtures scheduled