Mangaung Oval

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Mangaung Oval
Ground information
Location Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Establishment 1989
Capacity 20,000
Owner n/a
Architect n/a
Operator Free State
Tenants Free State
End names
Loch Logan End
Willows End
International information
First Test October 29, 1999: South Africa v Zimbabwe
Last Test November 19, 2008: South Africa v Bangladesh
First ODI December 15, 1992: South Africa v India
Last ODI March 10, 2013: South Africa v Pakistan
First T20I October 8, 2010: South Africa v Zimbabwe
Team information
Free State (1989-present)
Knights (2004-present)
As of August 8, 2014
Source: Cricinfo

Mangaung Oval, previously known as Springbok Park, Chevrolet Park, Goodyear Park, and OUTsurance Oval, is a cricket stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for cricket matches. It is the home of the Knights cricket team. The stadium holds 20,000 people and opened in 1989.

History

The ground hosted its first one-day international in December 1992 when South Africa cruised to an eight-wicket victory over India. In October 2000 it was accorded full Test status with the visit of Zimbabwe.

One of the greatest innings ever played occurred early in 1994 when the former South African captain Hansie Cronje smashed 251 with 28 fours and six sixes against the touring Australians.

The ground played its part in South African Test history when, fittingly, Allan Donald who as Free State cricketer played for many years here became the first South African to capture 300 test wickets during the first Test against New Zealand in November 2000.

In 2003, the saw Feiko Kloppenburg and the unbeaten Klaas-Jan van Noortwijk of Holland scoring a century in the same match of the 2003 Cricket World Cup as Holland posted only win over in 2003 Cricket World Cup against Namibia.

This was the same stadium were Colin Ingram scored his maiden ODI century in his first international match. He subsequently became the first South African to score a century on debut.

Springbok Park boasts some of the best lights in the country and is regularly used for day/night matches, when the grassy banks become colourfully filled with spectators and a carnival atmosphere prevails. It is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre, with Bloemfontein coach station adjacent to the ground.

A naming rights arrangement saw the ground renamed Goodyear Park due to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company until the 2007/08 season when it was renamed the OUTsurance Oval. Now, it was renamed again as Chevrolet Park.

Test Hosted

Team (A) Team (B) winner Margin Year
 South Africa  Zimbabwe  South Africa By innings & 13 runs 1999
 South Africa  New Zealand  South Africa By 5 wickets 2000
 South Africa  India  South Africa By 9 wickets 2001
 South Africa  Bangladesh  South Africa By innings & 129 runs 2008

See also

List of Test cricket grounds

External links

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