Established in 1871, the Kensington Oval in Barbados has evolved into one of the finest grounds in the Caribbean. Known as "the Oval" to the locals, the Kensington cricket ground has been witness to seminal moments of cricket history throughout its 135 years of existence.
After being home to the Pickwick Cricket Club since 1882, the
Kensington Oval played host to the first England touring side in 1895
led by Slade Lucas. It was also the venue of West Indies' first Test in
1930 when the West Indies and England played to a draw. Despite the
typical Caribbean track with pace and bounce, Kensington Oval has been
favorable to batsmen.
The Kensington Oval ground has been subjected to an extensive
renovation regime in line with the preparations for the 2007 ICC World
Cup. Almost all the stands have been rebuilt and the new stadium is
expected to accommodate 32000 spectators. Besides hosting six Super 8
matches, the Kensington Oval stadium will be the venue for the 2007 ICC
World Cup final.
This site was last updated on 15/02/2007.