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
21:11, Mon Oct 03, 2022 (UTC +0100)
Bought by WG Grace
County Ground
 

Records and statistics

New Zealand v Sri Lanka - Jun 13, 1983 Scorecard
England v Sri Lanka - Jul 4, 2021 Scorecard
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England v Pakistan - Aug 28, 2006 Scorecard
Ireland v South Africa - Aug 5, 2022 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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2023
Wed Jul 12 (50 ovs)          
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A view of the County Ground in Bristol during the match between Ireland and South Africa , 1st T20I, Bristol, August 3, 2022
A view of the County Ground in Bristol during the match between Ireland and South Africa
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Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali put on a century stand, England vs South Africa, Bristol, July 27, 2022
Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali put on a century stand
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Moeen Ali claims the wicket of Reeza Hendricks
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