Bristol County Ground History and Records

Bristol County Ground

County Ground Bristol is home ground to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. It is located in Ashley Down and also known as  Ashley Down Ground. William Gilbert Grace bought Ashley Down Ground in 1889 (WG Grace, former English cricketer who represented England on September 6, 1880, against Australia). Bristol County ground has a fantastic historical background and plenty of international cricket records set by the star cricket players. Let check a few exciting things about Bristol County Ground. Bristol County Ground as Fry’s Ground; Bristol County Ground is also known as Fry’s Ground being home ground to Fry Club Junior FC football club.

In 1933 it was sold to local confectionery firm J. S. Fry & Sons and renamed Fry’s Ground. J. S. Fry & Sons, Ltd. was a British chocolate company owned by Joseph Storrs Fry and his family. Bristol County Ground was sold to RSA Insurance Group in 1976 who renamed ground as Phoenix County Ground. After eight years, RSA Insurance Group again changed the Bristol Cricket Stadium name from Phoenix County Ground to The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground.  RSA Insurance Group has its operations in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Scandinavia, and other significant parts of the world. RSA Insurance Group is formally known as Royal Sun Alliance.

Intl. Cricket Stats

Bristol County Ground never hosted any International Test match so far. However, it usually hosts One Day International every year. County Ground capacity is planned to increased from 15000 to 20000 as part of its redevelopment. Bristol County Cricket Ground will host few matches of the ICC mega event 2019 Cricket World Cup. As redevelopment, Bristol County Ground capacity has been increasing due to the semi-permanent Hammond Roof with temporary seating increasing size to 17,500. During 2012-13, as a result of new construction, 147 apartments in three blocks were built.  Due to its increase and beautiful seating plan, ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) allowed the club to continue to host ICC events as 2019 World Cup few matches will be played in Bristol.

Bristol County Ground History

First TestNo Test has been played so far.
First ODISri Lanka v New Zealand, June 13, 1983
First T20England v Pakistan, August 28, 2006
Other NamesAshley Down Ground; Fry’s Ground; Phoenix County Ground; The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground;
LocationNevil Road, Ashley Down, Bristol
Home TeamGloucestershire
End NamesBristol Pavilion End, Ashley Down Road End
Boundary Dimensions137.16 m x 64 m

 Test, ODI and T20 Records

Records ODIT20
Recent Highest TotalsIndia 329/7 (2007)Pakistan 148/5 (2006)
Highest Individual Score140*-Sachin Tendulkar72*-Mahela Jayawardene
Best Bowling Figures5/25-Richard Hadlee3/30-Abdul Razzaq
Average RPO4.967.52
Average S/R31.2625.68
Most top Individual Runs
  • 140* – SR Tendulkar (Ind)
  • 113 – SR Tendulkar (Ind)
  • 106 – A Flintoff (Eng)
  • 72* – Jayawardene (SL)
  • 53 – ME Trescothick (Eng)
  • 47 – EJG Morgan (Eng)
Best Bowling Analysis
  • 5/25 – RJ Hadlee (NZ)
  • 5/33 – SJ Harmison (Eng)
  • 5/56 – A Flintoff (Eng)
  • 3/30 – Abdul Razzaq (Pak)
  • 2/15 -SL Malinga  (SL)
  • 2/18 – ST Jayasuriya (SL
Record Partnerships
  • 237*- R Dravid/SR Tendulkar (Ind)
  • 124- ME Trescothick/NV Knight (Eng)
  • 122 – AJ Strauss/A Flintoff (Eng)
  • 97*-Jayawardene/KC Sangakkara (SL)
  • 83 – KP Pietersen/SJG Morgan (Eng)
  • 47 – ME Trescothick/Dalrymple (Eng)

ODI Centuries Scored 

Sachin Tendulkar (India)140* runs off 101 balls v Kenya, May 23, 1999

113 runs of 101 balls v Sri Lanka, July 12, 2002

Rahul Dravid (India)104 runs off 109 balls v Kenya, May 23, 1999
Andrew Flintoff (England)106 runs off 121 balls v New Zealand, July 4, 2004
Ricky Ponting (Australia)102 runs off 101 balls v England, June 10, 2001
Moeen Ali (England)102 runs off 57 balls v West Indies, September 24, 2017

T20 International Centuries 

Rohit Sharma (India)100* runs of 56 balls v England, July 08, 2018
Chamari Atapattu (Sri Lanka)178* runs of 143 balls v Australia, June 29, 2017
Meg Lanning (Australia)152* runs of 135 balls v Sri Lanka, June 29, 2017

104 runs off 98 balls v England, July 23, 2017

Tammy Beaumont (England)148 runs off 145 balls v South Africa, July 05, 2017
Sara Taylor (England)147 runs off 104 balls v South Africa, July 05, 2017
Suzie Bates (New Zealand)106* runs off 109 balls v Sri Lanka, June 24, 2017
Poonam Raut (India)106 runs off 136 balls v Australia, July 12, 2017
Updated: 09/11/2019 — 12:59 pm