|Establishment||1867 (first recorded match)|
| As of 11 September 2010|
Source: Ground profile
Spa Ground is a cricket ground in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1867, when Gloucester played an All-England Eleven.
Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of eleven players on a field at the centre of which is a 20-metre (22-yard) pitch with a wicket at each end, each comprising two bails balanced on three stumps. The batting side scores runs by striking the ball bowled at the wicket with the bat, while the bowling and fielding side tries to prevent this and dismiss each player. Means of dismissal include being bowled, when the ball hits the stumps and dislodges the bails, and by the fielding side catching the ball after it is hit by the bat, but before it hits the ground. When ten players have been dismissed, the innings ends and the teams swap roles. The game is adjudicated by two umpires, aided by a third umpire and match referee in international matches. They communicate with two off-field scorers who record the match's statistical information.
Gloucester is a city and district in Gloucestershire, in the South West of England, of which it is the county town. Gloucester lies close to the Welsh border, on the River Severn, between the Cotswolds to the east and the Forest of Dean to the southwest.
Gloucestershire is a county in South West England. The county comprises part of the Cotswold Hills, part of the flat fertile valley of the River Severn, and the entire Forest of Dean.
In 1882, Gloucestershire played Somerset in the grounds first first-class match. Gloucestershire played first-class matches at the ground from 1882 to 1923, playing a total of 56 first-class matches there, the last of which saw them play Leicestershire in the 1923 County Championship.One match of note came in 1907 when Gloucestershire played Northamptonshire. Winning the toss and batting first, Gloucestershire were bowled out for 60 in their first innings. Both George Thompson and William East took five wicket hauls. In reply, Northamptonshire were bowled out for just 12 runs, their lowest first-class total to date. George Dennett took 8 of the Northamptonshire wickets for the cost of 9 runs from 6 overs. In a continuation of the low scores, Gloucestershire were bowled out for 88 second time round, with Northamptonshire's second innings ending on 40/7 when rain brought an end to the match, with a draw the end result.
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Gloucestershire. Founded in 1870, Gloucestershire have always been first-class and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England. The club played its first senior match in 1870 and W. G. Grace was their captain. The club plays home games at the Bristol County Ground in the Bishopston area of north Bristol. A number of games are also played at the Cheltenham cricket festival at the College Ground, Cheltenham and matches have also been played at the Gloucester cricket festival at The King's School, Gloucester.
Somerset County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Somerset. The club's limited overs team was formerly the Somerset Sabres, but is now known only as Somerset.
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.
Between 1873 and 1891, The Spa ground was also home to Gloucester Rugby.
Gloucester Rugby are an English professional rugby union club based in the West Country city of Gloucester. They play in the Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby, as well as in European competitions.
During the 1986 ICC Trophy, the ground played host to its only international match to date between Fiji and the Netherlands.
The 1986 ICC Trophy was a limited-overs cricket tournament held in England between 11 June and 7 July 1986. It was the third ICC Trophy tournament to be staged, and as with the previous two tournaments, games between the 16 participating teams played over 60 overs a side and with white clothing and red balls. All matches except the final were played in the Midlands, but the final was held at Lord's, London, where Zimbabwe defeated the Netherlands to win their 2nd ICC Trophy in a row and qualify for the 1987 World Cup. The weather was much better than the earlier competitions, and all matches were played to a result.
The Fiji national cricket team is the team that represents the Republic of Fiji in international cricket. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1965, although the team's history goes back to the late 19th century.
The Netherlands national cricket team is the team that represents the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is administered by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond which is based in Nieuwegein in the centre of the country and is older than many renowned cricket clubs in the West Indies, Australia, and New Zealand.
In local domestic cricket, the ground is the home venue of Gloucester City Winget Cricket Club.
Gloucester City Winget Cricket Club is an amateur cricket team based in Gloucester, England. The club was formed in 2005 after the merger of Gloucester's two premier cricket clubs at the time, Gloucester City Cricket Club and Winget Cricket Club. The club currently plays in the West of England Premier League and home matches are played at the Spa Ground, Gloucester.
Gilbert Laird Jessop was an English cricket player, often reckoned to have been the fastest run-scorer cricket has ever known. He was Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1898.
Gloucestershire County Cricket Club in 2005 are playing their cricket in Division One of both the County Championship and totesport League. They started the Championship at 18-1 to win it, and as one of the teams most likely to be relegated from it. So they were—only their five draws prevented them from finishing bottom, and they were the only team to lose to bottom-placed Glamorgan. By the end of August, they were relegated, with three games to spare. In the National League, they were never better than sixth at any time during the season, and lost three games in succession to be ninth before the final round of matches. They won their last match, but were still relegated due to a worse net run rate than Lancashire. They were thus the first club to suffer double relegation since Leicestershire in 2003. Their Twenty20 and C&G Trophy campaigns ended almost as early as they could have done—Gloucestershire did get past the first round of the C&G Trophy, beating Berkshire, but were knocked out by Surrey.
The Denmark national cricket team is the team that represents the Kingdom of Denmark in international cricket. They have been an associate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) since 1966, and have previously been a part of the ICC's High Performance Program.
The 2006 English cricket season was the 107th in which the County Championship had been an official competition. It included home international series for England against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. England came off a winter with more Test losses than wins, for the first time since 2002-03, but still attained their best series result in India since 1985. The One Day International series against Pakistan and India both ended in losses.
1907 was the 18th season of County Championship cricket in England. Nottinghamshire won their first official title. England played their sixth Test series against South Africa but it was the first to be held in England.
Thomas Munkholt Hansen is a Danish cricketer. Hansen is a right-handed batsman who bowls left-arm fast-medium. In 1997, Hansen became the third Dane, after Ole Mortensen and Soren Henriksen, to play English county cricket when he joined Hampshire. His first-class career with Hampshire was brief, playing just four matches in three seasons. After leaving Hampshire, Hansen established himself as a regular in the Danish team, representing it in the ICC Trophy and List A cricket, until 2009.
St. George's Road Cricket Ground in Harrogate hosted 98 first class matches between 1882 and 2000.
Wagon Works Ground is a cricket ground in Gloucester, Gloucestershire. The ground was owned by the Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company.
Joseph James Porter is an English cricketer. Porter is a left-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He was born at Hammersmith, London.
Ross Alexander McLean is an English cricketer. McLean is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm medium-fast. He was born at Northampton, Northamptonshire, and was educated at Duston Upper School before later attending the University of Leeds.
Richard Terry Bates is a former English cricketer. Bates was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm off break. He was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire.
Peter Henry Twizell is a former English cricketer. Twizell was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Rothbury, Northumberland.
Mark Davies is a former Welsh cricketer. Davies was a right-handed batsman who bowled slow left-arm orthodox. He was born in Neath, Glamorgan.
Steven John Lines is a former English cricketer. Lines was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Arthur Luck was an English cricketer. Luck was a right-handed batsman who bowled right-arm medium pace. He was born at Little Billing, Northamptonshire.
Thomas Henry Rust was an English cricketer. Rust was a right-handed batsman. He was born at Gloucester, Gloucestershire.
Andrew Noble Pope was an English cricketer. Pope's batting style is unknown. He was born at Clifton, Bristol.
George James Carver was an English cricketer. Carver's batting style is unknown, though it is known he was a fast-medium bowler, though which he arm he bowled with is also unknown. He was born at Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Somerset County Cricket Club made their debut in first-class cricket in the 1882 English cricket season. They were captained by Stephen Newton, and played eight first-class matches, five against county opposition, two against the Marylebone Cricket Club and one against the touring Australian team. They only won one of the eight contests, that against Hampshire at Taunton. Of the other matches, one was drawn and the other six were all losses for Somerset. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack described the season as "disastrous", but the publication qualified this statement with mild optimism for 1883.