City Oval Cricket Ground (Pietermaritzburg) – Pitch Report

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The Alexandra Park Stadium (formerly known as the Alexandra Park and sometimes known as the Pietermaritzburg Oval), is a multi-purpose stadium in Pietermaritbur, South Africa. The 12,000-capacity stadium is currently used for cricket games, with KwaZulu-Natal Inland men’s and women’s teams, KwaZulu-Natal and Dolphins (who also play at Kingsmead, Durban), and two matches during the 2003 Cricket World Cup being hosted there.It is one of only three first-class cricket grounds in the world with a tree within the boundary ropes (the others being St Lawrence Ground in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and VRA Cricket Ground in Amstelveen, Netherlands). Following a century or a five-wicket haul at the City Oval, any cricketer that scores a century or plants a tree at the ground gets to do so. Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park cricket ground served as inspiration for The City Oval Pavilion.

City Oval Cricket Ground

  • Full Name: The Oval Cricket Ground
  • Location: Pietermaritzburg
  • Operator
  • Capacity: 12,000
  • Surface: Easy Pitch for Batting
  • Floodlights: Yes
  • End names: Duzi End, Hulett End
  • Boundary Length (Dimension):
  • Also known as: Alexandra Park Stadium | Alexandra Park | Pietermaritzburg Oval | City Oval Ground | City Oval Stadium

Record & Stats

T20 Stats

Total Match Played: 0
Batting First Won: 0
Batting Second Won: 0
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 0
Highest Score:
Lowest Score:
Scoring Pattern
Below Score 150: 0
Score between 150 and 169: 0
Score between 170 and 189: 0
Above Score 190: 0

ODI Stats

Total Match Played: 2
Batting First Won: 1
Batting Second Won: 1
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 218
Highest Score: India 311/2
Lowest Score: Bangladesh 124/10
Scoring Pattern
Below Score 200: 1
Score between 200 and 249: 0
Score between 250 and 299: 0
Above Score 300: 1

T20 Domestic

Total Match Played: 1
Batting First Won: 0
Batting Second Won: 1
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 185
Highest Score: Dolphins 185/4
Lowest Score: Dolphins 185/4
Scoring Pattern
Below Score 150: 0
Score between 150 and 169: 0
Score between 170 and 189: 1
Above Score 190: 0

Is City Oval Cricket Ground Batting Or Bowling Pitch?

Because it is a batting pitch, the team that wins the toss in an ODI at The Oval almost always bowls first. In the 73 matches played here, 30 teams won batting first, 40 teams won batting second, and three games were postponed due to weather.

Ground Information

Owner – 

Establishment ( Situated In ) – 1888

Address – Pelham, Pietermaritzburg, 3201, South Africa

Official Website – 

Contact Number: 





The first first-class cricket match on the City Oval, then known as Alexandra Park, took place in 1894/95. The City Oval was used by Natal and Marylebone Cricket Club for 9 first-class games between 1895 and 1957. The City Oval has been used to host numerous South African A side and touring cricket matches. In 1950, Natal welcomed an Australian squad on a tour while in 1958, the province hosted an Australian team on a similar visit. The City Oval was the site of a List A match between Bangladesh and the South African Board President’s XI in 2000, with Charl Langeveldt taking 5/7 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 51 and succumbed by 10 wickets. South Africa A and List A matches were also played at the City Oval against Australia A in 2002/03 and Sri Lanka A in 2008/09. In July 2015, three youth ODIs took place between the South Africa U-19 team and Bangladesh U-19 team; South Africa U-19 came out on top with two victories.

International Information

  • First Test
  • Last Test: 
  • First ODI: February 12 2003: Bangladesh v  Sri Lanka
  • Last ODI: February 23 2003: India v  Namibia
  • First T20: 19 May 2019: South Africa v  Pakistan
  • Last T20: 19 May 2019: South Africa v  Pakistan

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