Chester le Street Ground History & Records

Chester le Street Cricket Ground

The Riverside Ground is home to Durham County Cricket Club. It’s often known as Chester le Street Cricket Ground, Durham Ground and Emirates Riverside (Sponsorship reason). Riverside County Ground, Durham officially hosted its first game of first-class cricket on May 18, 1995, between Durham and Warwickshire.  Ground honoured by its Robson Pavilion’s inauguration by Queen Elizabeth II in 1996. As a part of redevelopment during September 2008 County Durham stand developed including installing permanent floodlights, permanent seating surrounds the entire ground and raised ground capacity to 20000.

In 2001 Riverside Ground hosted triangular series between England, Zimbabwe and West Indies and a One Day International between Pakistan and Australia, the match was abandoned due to heavy rainfall without a ball bowled. First Test match played between England and Zimbabwe on June 5-7, 2003, Riverside Ground hosted six Test matches for England including Zimbabwe in 2003, Bangladesh in 2005, West Indies in 2007 and 2009, Australia in 2013 and Sri Lanka in 2016. Paul Collingwood became the first Durham local player to hit a Test century at Riverside on June 18, 2007, against West Indies.

The first T20 International scheduled at Riverside County Ground on August 20, 2008, between England and South Africa was abandoned due to heavy rain. Riverside County Ground Chester-I-Street renamed “Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground” for sponsorship reasons on June 4, 2010. The ground was renamed in February 2016 from Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground to “Emirates Riverside” and the contract extended till 2022.

Chester Ie Street Ground History

First TestEngland v Zimbabwe on June 05, 2003
First ODIPakistan v Scotland on May 20, 1999
First T20England v South Africa on August 20, 2008
Other NamesThe Riverside Ground, Emirates Riverside,  Chester-le-Street, County Ground
Home TeamDurham County Cricket Club
End NamesLumley End, Finchale End
LocationChester-le-Street, County Durham, England
Capacity20000 (international), 12500 (domestic)
Establishment1995
Boundary Dimensions137.5m x 68.9m

Chester-I-Street Ground Records

Records Test, One Day Internationals, and T20
Highest team total
  • Test; 569/6d England v West Indies on May 14, 2009
  • ODI; 314/4 England v Australia on June 21, 2018
  • T20; 195/5 England v Australia on August 31, 2013
Highest Partnerships
  • Test; 213-Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara (Eng) v West Indies on May 14, 2009
  • ODI; 186*-MW Goodwin, GW Flower (Zimbabwe) v West Indies on July 16, 2000
  • T20; 111- MJ Lumb, AD Hales (Eng) v Australia on August 31, 2013
Leading Runs Scorer
  • Test; 315-Alastair Cook (Eng)
  • ODI; 206-Ian Bell (Eng)
  • T20; 148-Alex Hales
Individual highest scores
  • Test; 162-Ian Bell (Eng) v Bangladesh on June 03, 2005
  • ODI; 126*-Mahela Jayawardene (SL) v England on June 24, 2006
  • T20; 94-Alex Hales (Eng) v Australia on August 31, 2013
Leading Wicket-Takers
  • Test; 25-James Anderson (Eng)
  • ODI; 9-Graeme Swann (Eng)
  • T20; 5-Jade Winston Dernbach (Eng)
Best Bowling Innings
  • Test; 7/117-Ryan James Harris (Aus) v England on August 09, 2013
  • ODI; 5/28-Graeme Swann (Eng) v Australia on September 20, 2009
  • T20; 3/20-Carlos Brathwaite (WI) V England on September 16, 2017
Updated: 09/11/2019 — 8:42 am