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The Essex County Ground (ECG) is a cricket stadium in Chelmsford, Essex, England. It has been used by Essex County Cricket Club for first-class cricket since 1925 and List A matches since 1969, and was designated the county’s official home ground in 1967. The ground features 6,500 seats arranged in single-tier rows with a single double-tiered stand.

The pavilion was completed in the 1970s. Essex’s first match at the ground was against Oxford University in June 1925. Their inaugural County Championship game at Chelmsford was against Somerset in 1926, and their last season at Leyton Cricket Ground ended with them leaving their offices after the 1933 season. A week was allotted to each venue, with a week allocated to each location throughout the county during the 1933 season as they played games away from home.

The ground was leased to Chelmsford Cricket Club who played there for ten years, after which the lease expired and the club chose not to renew it. The club did not have a long tenure at the ground before leaving due to poor attendances. In 1966, Essex paid £15,000 for the facility, with assistance from Warwickshire’s Supporters Association, making it its headquarters and allowing home games to resume there in 1967. During the 1970 season, a pavilion was built and then replaced during the 1981 season when an official scoreboard was installed at the venue.

County Ground Chelmsford Stadium

  • Full Name: County Cricket Ground
  • Location: Chelmsford, Essex
  • Operator:  Not Known
  • Capacity: 6,500
  • Surface: Pure Batting Pitch
  • Floodlights: Yes
  • End names: River End, Hayes Close End
  • Boundary Length (Dimension): Not Known
  • Also known as: County Ground Chelmsford 

Record & Stats

T20 Stats

Total Match Played: 0
Batting First Won:
Batting Second Won: 0
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 0
Highest Score: New Zealand
Lowest Score: New Zealand
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: 3
Batting First Won: 2
Batting Second Won: 1
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 199
Highest Score: India 247/10
Lowest Score: Bangladesh 116/10
Scoring Pattern
Below Score 200: 1
Score between 200 and 249: 2
Score between 250 and 299: 0
Above Score 300: 0

T20 Domestic

Total Match Played: 43
Batting First Won: 20
Batting Second Won: 22
Tie: 1
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 173
Highest Score: Essex 226/4
Lowest Score: Glamorgan 104/10
Scoring Pattern
Below Score 150: 7
Score between 150 and 169: 12
Score between 170 and 189: 13
Above Score 190: 11

Is County Ground Chelmsford Batting Or Bowling Pitch?

The surface at Chelmsford is excellent for batting, and high-scoring encounters are common. When teams chasing, there are generally more challenges than when they bat first. However, the last game played at this venue, between Essex and Glamorgan, was a low-scoring battle. Glamorgan were bowled out for 104, and the home team Essex chased down the target comfortably with eight wickets in hand.

Ground Information

Owner – Cloudfm

Establishment ( Situated In ) – 1967

Address – Essex Cricket, The Cloudfm County Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0PG

Official Website –

Contact Number: (01245) 254004

E-mail[email protected]


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The County Ground has been the home of Essex Cricket since 1967. The ground is notorious for its relentless wind, although enhanced drainage in 1982 helped to alleviate this problem. Despite its compact size as a county headquarters ground, much space has been utilized. There is only one double-decker seating area, marquees, executive boxes, and mostly single-tier seating at the venue.The Wagon Wheel Pavilion, which was constructed in the 1970s, has recently been updated and houses a variety of mementos. It is also one of the few two remaining grounds with permanent floodlights, which were erected in 2002. Graham Gooch scored the majority of his 40,000+ first-class runs at this venue and Essex had their most successful seasons here. Surrey will recall one game for a different reason: in 983, they compiled their worst innings total of 14.

The playing field, which slopes south-east to north-west, has been utilized for a variety of purposes in the past, including as a backup emergency helicopter landing site for the local hospital.

International Information

  • First Test:  Not Known
  • Last Test: Not Known
  • First ODI: 20 June 1983: Australia v  India
  • Last ODI: 29 May 1999: South Africa v  Zimbabwe
  • First T20: 29 June 2010: England v  New Zealand
  • Last T20: 1 September 2021: England v  New Zealand

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