Bristol County Ground

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Bristol County Ground
Fry's Ground, Nevil Road
2019 Bristol County Ground.jpg
Ground information
Location Ashley Down, Bristol
Coordinates 51°28′38.01″N2°35′02.96″W / 51.4772250°N 2.5841556°W / 51.4772250; -2.5841556 Coordinates: 51°28′38.01″N2°35′02.96″W / 51.4772250°N 2.5841556°W / 51.4772250; -2.5841556
17,500 for internationals [1]
End names
Ashley Down Road End BristolCountyCricketGroundPitchDimensions.svg
Bristol Pavilion End
International information
First ODI13 June 1983:
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka
Last ODI1 June 2019:
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First T20I28 August 2006:
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Last T20I8 July 2018:
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First WODI21 July 1984:
Flag of England.svg  England v Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Last WODI18 July 2017:
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First WT20I25 June 2011:
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Last WT20I31 July 2019:
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Team information
Gloucestershire (1889 present)
As of 5 September 2020
Source: CricInfo

The Bristol County Ground (also known as Nevil Road) is a senior cricket venue in Bristol, England. It is in the district of Ashley Down. The ground is home to Gloucestershire County Cricket Club.



Initially known as Ashley Down Ground, it was bought in 1889 by W. G. Grace and has been home to Gloucestershire ever since. It was sold to local confectionery firm J. S. Fry & Sons and renamed Fry's Ground. The club bought the ground back in 1933 and it reverted to its original name. It was sold again in 1976, this time to Royal & Sun Alliance who renamed the ground the Phoenix County Ground for eight years before changing to The Royal & Sun Alliance County Ground until the ground was again bought by the club and took it up its current title.

The ground hosts One Day Internationals, usually one per year, with the addition of temporary seating to increase the ground's capacity. England faced India in 2018 and Pakistan in 2019 at the ground. In addition, three matches will be played at the ground as part of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. [2] Of these three, 2 were abandoned without a ball being bowled due to bad weather. The only match played was Australia v Afghanistan - a match Australia won by 7 wickets.

The ground has long boundaries in comparison to most county cricket clubs.

The former concrete roof over the public terraces, which has now been demolished, was formed from eight hyperbolic-paraboloid umbrellas each approximately 30 ft square, designed by T.H.B. Burrough in 1960. [3]


In July 2009, Gloucestershire C.C.C. announced plans to redevelop the ground into a 20,000-capacity stadium, with an aim to retaining one day international status. [4] [5] The ground now includes a world class media centre and conference facilities. To help fund the project, student accommodation is included in the development. In March 2010, Bristol City Council gave the go-ahead for the new ground. [6]

The following year, the club revised its plans due to concerns from residents on the adjacent Kennington Avenue over permanent stands at the boundary of their property. The permanent capacity will now be raised to 7500 (8000 including the semi-permanent Hammond Roof) with temporary seating increasing capacity to 17,500, [7] but with other changes still implemented: new pavilion, new conference facilities and the construction of new stands (including the demolition of the Jessop stand and Tavern and the rebuilding of the Mound stand to a fixed capacity of 4500) and 147 apartments in three blocks. These plans were approved on 31 May 2012 and development began in October 2012. The Bristol Pavilion opened in August 2013. [8] Permanent floodlights were approved by Bristol City Council in April 2015, which were installed ready for the start of the 2016 season and which will allow the club to continue to host international matches as well as the four 2019 Cricket World Cup matches it has been allocated. [9]

Transport connections

Montpelier railway station is under a mile from the ground. Main line stations Bristol Temple Meads railway station and Bristol Parkway railway station are 2.5 miles and 3.8 miles, respectively, from the ground. Former station Ashley Hill railway station was situated outside the ground but was closed in 1964. There are plans to reopen the station as part of the Greater Bristol Metro proposals.

International centuries

One-Day International centuries

The following table summarises the One-Day International centuries scored at Bristol County Ground. [10]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamDateResult
1140* Sachin Tendulkar (1/2)Flag of India.svg  India Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 23 May 1999Won
2104* Rahul Dravid Flag of India.svg  India Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 23 May 1999Won
3102 Ricky Ponting Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of England.svg  England 10 June 2001Won
4113 Sachin Tendulkar (2/2)Flag of India.svg  India Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 11 July 2002Won
5106 Andrew Flintoff Flag of England.svg  England Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4 July 2004Lost
6102 Moeen Ali Flag of England.svg  England WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 24 September 2017Won
7151 Imam-ul-Haq Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan Flag of England.svg  England 14 May 2019Lost
8128 Jonny Bairstow Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 14 May 2019Won

T20 International centuries

There has only been one T20 International century at this venue. [11]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamDateResult
1100* Rohit Sharma Flag of India.svg  India Flag of England.svg  England 8 July 2018Won

Women's One-Day International centuries

The following table summarises the women's One-Day International centuries scored at Bristol County Ground [12]

No.ScorePlayerTeamBallsOpposing teamDateResult
1104 Meg Lanning (1/2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 98Flag of England.svg  England 23 July 2015Won
2106* Suzie Bates Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 109Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 24 June 2017Won
3178* Chamari Atapattu Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 143Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 29 June 2017Lost
4152* Meg Lanning (2/2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 135Flag of Sri Lanka.svg  Sri Lanka 29 June 2017Won
5147 Sarah Taylor Flag of England.svg  England 104Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 5 July 2017Won
6148 Tammy Beaumont Flag of England.svg  England 145Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 5 July 2017Won
7106 Poonam Raut Flag of India.svg  India 136Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12 July 2017Lost

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