|Full name:||St. George’s Park|
|End Names||Duckpond End, Park Drive End|
|Pitch Surface||Hard (Bowling Supported)|
|The stadium is also known as:||Sahara Oval, Crusaders Ground,|
St. George’s Park, St. George’s Park Cricket Ground,
St. George’s Park Cricket Stadium.
Crusaders Ground | Port Elizabeth
|Location||Gkeberha, South Africa (Near Port Elizabeth)|
St George Park Stadium Pitch Report / Port Elizabeth Pitch Report
Is Port Elizabeth Stadium a batting pitch or a bowling pitch?
The pitch at the St. George’s Park Cricket Stadium in Port Elizabeth is known to be bowler friendly and favors the fast bowlers in the opening overs of the match. The proof of this is also given by the results of the matches played here. A total of 3 T20 matches have been played here, in which the average score of the first innings is only 132 runs.
There is a lot of bounce on this pitch and swing is also seen with the new ball in the initial overs. That’s why the pitch of this ground gives a lot of help to the fast bowlers. Although this pitch is made for fast bowlers, but spinners also get a lot of advantage here in the second innings.
St George Park Port Elizabeth Ground Report
The dimensional area of this ground is very small which is beneficial for the batters. At the same time, the outfield of this ground is very fast, so if the batsman plays with patience in the initial overs of the match, then this ground is going to be easy for that batsman.
St George Park Port Elizabeth Weather Report
The temperature of the location where St. George Park is situated generally remains between 17 to 25 degree Celsius, which means that the temperature here is considered favorable for cricket. However, sometimes rain is also seen in the winter season and it’s likely to rain during the Women’s T20 World Cup.
The weather conditions during the entire Women’s T20 World Cup
Wind Speed: 5-8 m/s
Dew point: 13-20°C
Sunset: 19:08- 19:15
chance of precipitation: 0-40%
A good but some times rainy weather with a normal environmental temperature.
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St George Park Port Elizabeth Test Records
If we look at the history of 133 years of this ground, a total of 31 Test matches have been played here, in which only 5 matches have been drawn. The biggest reason for this is that the pitch here helps the bowlers. There have never been 600+ runs scored in an inning on this pitch.
South African batsmen have scored the most Test runs on this ground. All the players who scored the top 16 highest runs on this ground are from South Africa only. Jacques Kallis (617), AB de Villiers (591), Dean Elgar (517), Faf du Plessis (553) and Hashim Amla (516) are the highest.
South Africa is not far behind in bowling as well as batting. All the players in the top 8 highest wicket takers are from South Africa. The highest wicket takers are Allan Donald (40), Shaun Pollock (37), Kagiso Rabada (25), Dale Steyn (21) and Makhaya Ntini (20).
Top 5 Highest Inning Score at St George Park Port Elizabeth Stadium
Full contingent at 🇦🇺 training getting the feel for St George’s Park ahead of tomorrow’s #T20WorldCup match v 🇧🇩 pic.twitter.com/I7WMdXK2Az— Laura Jolly (@JollyLauz18) February 13, 2023
Port Elizabeth: History
The St George Park Stadium, also known as the Crusaders Ground, is home to the Port Elizabeth Cricket Club, one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa. The oldest International Test and ODI cricket has also been played here.
The history of St George’s park is very old. The first Test match was played at this ground in 1888–89 after England and Australia. This match was won by England by 8 wickets. The ground also hosted the country’s first international match in 1891.
In the year 1896 memorable moments of cricket also took place on this ground. In the match played between England and South Africa, England bowler George Lohmann took 8 wickets for 38 runs in the first innings and 8 wickets for just 7 runs in the second innings.
The first ODI match of this ground was played in the year 1992 in which South Africa defeated India by 6 wickets. A total of 25 One Day International matches have been played on this cricket ground so far, including 5 matches of the 2003 Cricket World Cup.
Port Elizabeth: 2003 Cricket World Cup
The 2003 Cricket World Cup was hosted by South Africa in which the St George’s Park Cricket Stadium was chosen to host 5 matches.
Port Elizabeth: IPL 2009
In 2009, due to some personal reasons, the IPL was held at the Cricket Stadium of South Africa, in which St. George’s Park was also chosen. This ground hosted 7 matches during the tournament, in which all the matches were in the group stage. .