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Kensington Oval Cricket Ground, Bridgetown (Barbados)


The iconic Kensington Oval stands as one of the Caribbean’s most stunning and prestigious sports grounds. Nestled in the western part of Bridgetown, Barbados, this iconic venue boasts a rich history transcending cricket. Over its illustrious 150+ years of existence, Kensington Oval has not only been the stage for numerous landmark cricket matches but has also played host to significant hockey and football events.

The Kensington Oval is located in the Bridgetown city of Barbados and is just ~600 yards away from the sea coast. The minimal distance of Kensington Oval ground from the nearest Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) is 18 Kilometers. The stadium is located exactly at 13.1050° N, 59.6225° W coordinates (as per Google Maps).

Kensington Oval Cricket Ground, Bridgetown (Barbados)
Kensington Oval Cricket Ground, Bridgetown (Barbados)

Built in 1871, cricket activities at Kensington Oval started in 1882 when the Pickwick Cricket Club officially took over the ground. The venue hosted its first international match in 1895 with the visit of Slade Lucas’ team. The inaugural Test match took place in January 1930, resulting in a draw between the West Indies and England. Since then, Kensington Oval has been the site of 43 Test matches.

This stadium is the biggest cricket stadium in the Caribbean in terms of permanent capacity (28,000) and has hosted England’s historic T20 World Cup win over rivals Australia in 2010. Bridgetown stadium also hosted the final of the Cricket World Cup of 2007 between Australia and Sri Lanka (winner- Australia). The stadium is set to host several important matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 and will also host the final of the marque tournament.

Kensington Oval Cricket Ground, Bridgetown (Barbados)
England defeated Australia in T20 World Cup Final 2010 at Kensington Oval

Overview of The Kensington Oval

  • Ground Name- Kensington Oval, also known as Pickwick Cricket Club
  • Location- Bridgetown, Barbados [coordinates- 13.1050° N, 59.6225° W]
  • Nearest Airport- Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI)
  • Capacity- 28,000
  • Ends- Malcolm Marshall End, Joel Garner End
  • Flood Lights- Yes
  • Historic Events- Final of T20 World Cup 2010 & Final of Cricket World Cup 2007

Stats and Records

Test Cricket

  • Total Matches– 55
  • Matches won batting first– 17
  • Matches won bowling first– 20
  • Average 1st innings Score– 333
  • Average 2nd innings Score– 337
  • Average 3rd innings Score– 259
  • Average 4th innings Score– 148

ODI Cricket

  • Total Matches– 52
  • Matches won batting first– 22
  • Matches won bowling first– 28
  • Average 1st innings Score– 226
  • Average 2nd innings Score– 197

T20I Circket

  • Total Matches– 42
  • Matches won batting first– 28
  • Matches won bowling first– 13
  • Average 1st innings Score– 138
  • Average 2nd innings Score– 124

ICC T20 World Cup 2024 Fixtures At This Venue

June 2, SundayNamibia vs Oman, 3rd MatchGroup B06:00 AM IST/ 08:30 PM LOCAL
June 4, TuesdayEngland vs Scotland, 6th Match Group B08:00 PM IST/10:30 AM LOCAL
June 5, WednesdayAustralia vs Oman, 10th MatchGroup B06:00 AM IST/ 08:30 PM LOCAL
June 6, ThursdayNamibia vs Scotland, 12th MatchGroup B11:59 PM IST/ 03:00 PM LOCAL
June 8, SaturdayAustralia vs England, 17th MatchGroup B10:30 PM IST/ 01:00 PM LOCAL
June 20, ThursdayC1 vs A1, Super 8Group 108:00 PM IST/10:30 AM LOCAL
June 21, FridayA2 vs C2, Super 8Group 206:00 AM IST/ 08:30 PM LOCAL
June 23, SundayA2 vs B1, Super 8Group 208:00 PM IST/10:30 AM LOCAL
June 29, SaturdayTBC vs TBCFinal07:30 PM IST/10:00 AM LOCAL

Kensington Oval Pitch Report

It has been an iconic ground in cricket history. The pitch report for Kensington Oval Stadium in Barbados indicates a well-balanced surface, favoring both batsmen and bowlers. Batsmen can anticipate good bounce and carry, allowing the ball to come nicely onto the bat as the game progresses. However, the pitch’s slow nature gives spinners a chance to shine. Given the conditions and historical performance at Barbados Stadium, teams winning the toss should ideally opt to chase. This strategy takes advantage of the pitch characteristics and potential benefits as the match unfolds.

READ: Grand Prairie Stadium Pitch Report (Batting or Bowling) for T20 World Cup 2024 | Records & Stats, Match Details World Cup 2024

Sources- Wikipedia, ICC Official Website

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