The Oval; The AMP Oval; The Foster's Oval; The Brit Oval; The Kia Oval
1845
23500
Yes, 2009
Pavilion End, Vauxhall End
England, Surrey
18:56, Thu Feb 22, 2024 (UTC +0000)
Kennington Oval
 

Records and statistics

England v Australia - Sep 6-8, 1880 Scorecard
England v Australia - Jul 27-31, 2023 Scorecard
Test records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v West Indies - Sep 7, 1973 Scorecard
England v New Zealand - Sep 13, 2023 Scorecard
ODI records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
England v West Indies - Jun 28, 2007 Scorecard
Bangladesh v Ireland - May 22, 2020 Scorecard
T20I records | Results | High totals | High scores | Most runs | Best bowling | Most wickets | Partnerships | Statsguru
Records index

Profile

This is where it all began. The first-ever Test on English soil was played here in September 1880, resulting in an England win over Australia by five wickets, with WG Grace scoring a hundred on debut, and this is where a Test series in England traditionally ends.

More pertinently, this is the historic venue where the legend of the Ashes was born a couple of years after the inaugural Test, in August 1882. England, chasing only 85 to win, slumped from 51 for 2 to 78 all out. The next morning The Sporting Times published its famous mock obituary and the legend was born.

The Oval has witnessed many historic matches. England's dramatic one-wicket win in 1902 inspired by Gilbert Jessop's sensational hundred; Australia's 701 in 1930 as Don Bradman (244) and Bill Ponsford (266) put on 451 for the second wicket; England's 903 for 7 as they beat Australia by an innings and 579 runs in 1938; Bradman's farewell duck in 1948; Denis Compton scoring the boundary which meant England regained the Ashes in 1953; Michael Holding's 14 wickets on a featherbed in 1976; Devon Malcolm's 9 for 57 against South Africa in 1994.

Owned by the Duchy of Cornwall (who is the Prince of Wales, hence his feathers have appeared on Surrey's badge since 1915), The Oval came about in the 1790s when an oval road was laid round what was then a cabbage patch. When a subsequent market garden failed, the land was opened as a cricket ground in 1845 after 10,000 turfs were brought in from Tooting Common. It has been Surrey headquarters ever since, even though it has been well outside the county boundary for many years.

It has hosted many other important sporting occasions and can claim to be the most important general sports ground in the world. It staged the first FA Cup final in 1872 (won by Wanderers in front of 2000 spectators) and the following year the first England international (against Scotland). It was the home of the FA Cup final between 1874 and 1892. In 1876 it staged to the first England v Wales and England v Scotland rugby internationals, and in 1877 to rugby's Varsity match. In addition, it has witnessed rock concerts (The Who and The Faces in 1971), ice skating and the now traditional end-of-season Aussie Rules match. It was also a temporary home to prisoners in transit during the Second World War.

The ground itself is dominated by the gasometers on the east side. Until fairly recently the pavilion, built in 1890, and the Vauxhall stand were the only structures of any significance, with banks of open and fairly uncomfortable seating making up the rest of the spectator facilities. More recent developments, culminating in a £25 million development which started in 2004. It was much needed as the venue had suffered from underinvestment and had a feeling of decay about it.

Notes

Travel
Tube - Oval station (Northern line) is 200 yards from the ground
Train - Vauxhall station (on all major routes to and from Waterloo) is about 800 yards away
Car - Parking is limited (generally to four-hour meters) and expensive near the ground and in surrounding streets. Some local schools open their car parks but these are also not cheap
Map here (this will link to streetmap.co.uk page)
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Fixtures

2024
Fri Apr 12 - Mon Apr 15
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Somerset
Fri Apr 26 - Mon Apr 29
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Hampshire
Fri May 10 - Mon May 13
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Warwickshire
Fri May 17 - Mon May 20
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Worcestershire
Thu May 30 (20 ovs)
4th T20I - England v Pakistan
Sun Jun 2 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
South East Stars v Southern Vipers
Sun Jun 2 (20 ovs)
15:30 local | 14:30 GMT
10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Somerset
Fri Jun 7 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Sussex
Fri Jun 14 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Gloucestershire
Sat Jun 15 (20 ovs)
Charlotte Edwards Cup
33rd Natch - South East Stars v Sunrisers
Fri Jun 21 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Glamorgan
Sun Jun 30 - Wed Jul 3
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Essex
Fri Jul 5 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Middlesex
Sun Jul 7 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Kent
Sat Jul 13 (20 ovs)
14:30 local | 13:30 GMT
09:30 EDT | 08:30 CDT | 06:30 PDT
4th T20I - England Women v New Zealand Women
Thu Jul 18 (20 ovs)          
18:30 local | 17:30 GMT
13:30 EDT | 12:30 CDT | 10:30 PDT
Vitality Blast
South Group - Surrey v Hampshire
Tue Jul 23 (20 ovs)
15:45 local | 14:45 GMT
10:45 EDT | 09:45 CDT | 07:45 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Women) v Birmingham Phoenix (Women)
Tue Jul 23 (20 ovs)          
19:30 local | 18:30 GMT
14:30 EDT | 13:30 CDT | 11:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Men) v Birmingham Phoenix (Men)
Thu Jul 25 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group B - Surrey v Yorkshire
Sun Jul 28 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group B - Surrey v Glamorgan
Tue Jul 30 (50 ovs)
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
One-Day Cup
Group B - Surrey v Gloucestershire
Fri Aug 2 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Women) v Northern Superchargers (Women)
Fri Aug 2 (20 ovs)          
19:30 local | 18:30 GMT
14:30 EDT | 13:30 CDT | 11:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Men) v Northern Superchargers (Men)
Thu Aug 8 (20 ovs)
16:00 local | 15:00 GMT
11:00 EDT | 10:00 CDT | 08:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Women) v Southern Brave (Women)
Thu Aug 8 (20 ovs)          
19:30 local | 18:30 GMT
14:30 EDT | 13:30 CDT | 11:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Men) v Southern Brave (Men)
Sun Aug 11 (20 ovs)
12:00 local | 11:00 GMT
07:00 EDT | 06:00 CDT | 04:00 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Women) v London Spirit (Women)
Sun Aug 11 (20 ovs)
15:30 local | 14:30 GMT
10:30 EDT | 09:30 CDT | 07:30 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Oval Invincibles (Men) v London Spirit (Men)
Sat Aug 17 (20 ovs)
15:15 local | 14:15 GMT
10:15 EDT | 09:15 CDT | 07:15 PDT
The Hundred Women's Competition
Eliminator - TBC v TBC
Sat Aug 17 (20 ovs)          
19:00 local | 18:00 GMT
14:00 EDT | 13:00 CDT | 11:00 PDT
The Hundred Men's Competition
Eliminator - TBC v TBC
Thu Aug 22 - Sun Aug 25
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Lancashire
Fri Sep 6 - Tue Sep 10
11:00 local | 10:00 GMT
06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT
ICC World Test Championship
3rd Test - England v Sri Lanka
Tue Sep 17 - Fri Sep 20
County Championship Division One
Surrey v Durham
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