NTCA Ground

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North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground
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Location Elphin, Tasmania
Coordinates 41°25′47″S147°9′6″E / 41.42972°S 147.15167°E / -41.42972; 147.15167 Coordinates: 41°25′47″S147°9′6″E / 41.42972°S 147.15167°E / -41.42972; 147.15167
Owner Launceston City Council
OperatorNorthern Tasmanian Cricket Association (NTCA)
Capacity 10,000
Northern Rangers (Association football)
Old Scotch (Australian rules football)
Launceston (Cricket)
Ground information
International information
Only ODI2 February 1986:
Flag of India.svg  India v Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
As of 8 January
Source: Cricinfo

The North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, better known as the NTCA Ground, is the oldest first-class cricket ground in Australia. It is a multi-use sports venue situated in Launceston, Australia. In 1851, the ground hosted Australia's first intercolonial and initial first class cricket match. It is currently used mostly for club cricket matches and has a capacity of under 10,000. [1] [2]

First-class cricket is an official classification of the highest-standard international or domestic matches in the sport of cricket. A first-class match is of three or more days' scheduled duration between two sides of eleven players each and is officially adjudged to be worthy of the status by virtue of the standard of the competing teams. Matches must allow for the teams to play two innings each although, in practice, a team might play only one innings or none at all.

Launceston, Tasmania City in Tasmania, Australia

Launceston is a city in the north of Tasmania, Australia at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River (Kanamaluka). Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after Hobart and the thirteenth-largest non-capital city in Australia.

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The NTCA Ground was known as the Launceston Racecourse till 1841, after which it was renamed the Launceston Cricket Club Ground. It held this name till the 1885–86 season, after which it was renamed the North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, a name that continues till date. [1] [2]

The NTCA Ground was the first cricket ground in Australia to host a first-class cricket match. In 1851, the ground hosted the first ever first-class cricket match in Australia, with the Van Diemen's Land XI defeating the Port Phillip XI. [1] [3] In 1986, it hosted its first – and to date, only – one-day international with a record crowd of 9,876 watching India defeat New Zealand.

On 11 and 12 February 1851, teams from Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip District played the first cricket match between two Australian colonies, recognised in later years as the initial first-class cricket match in Australia. It took place at the Launceston Racecourse, known now as the NTCA Ground, in Tasmania. The match was incorporated into celebrations marking the separation of the Port Phillip District from New South Wales in 1851 as the colony of Victoria.


The David Boon Stand on the main wing is the pavilion and main stand, and there are two other smaller stands on that wing, as well as an indoor practice facility, members' building and media building. On the outer is the hill, scoreboard, smaller open stand (old scoreboard stand) and plenty of old trees.

David Boon Australian cricketer

David Clarence Boon MBE is an Australian cricket match referee and former cricket commentator, cricketer whose international playing career spanned the years 1984–1996. A right-handed batsman and a very occasional off-spin bowler, he played First-class cricket for both his home state Tasmania and English county side Durham.

International Events

A One Day International Cricket match between New Zealand and India was held at the NTCA Ground on 2 February 1986. In a rain interrupted match, India won by 22 runs in front of a record crowd of 9,786. [4]


  1. 1 2 3 CricketArchive. (2003). North Tasmania Cricket Association Ground, Launceston. CricketArchive. Retrieved on 21 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 Rose, T. (2000). The Initial First-Class Match in Australia. ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved on 2 January 2016.
  3. "Tasmania vs. Victoria, 1850–51". ESPNcricinfo . ESPN Inc. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. 15th ODI India v New Zealand 2 February 1986 (2008) Cricinfo

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