Colombo Cricket Club Ground

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Colombo Cricket Club Ground
Maitland Crescent
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Ground information
Location Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7
Coordinates 6°54′28″N 79°51′57″E / 6.907808°N 79.865911°E / 6.907808; 79.865911
Capacity 6,000
Owner Colombo Cricket Club
Tenants Sri Lanka Cricket
Colombo Cricket Club
End names
Press Box End
Pavilion End
International information
First Test 14 March 1984:
 Sri Lanka v  New Zealand
Last Test 16 April 1987:
 Sri Lanka v  New Zealand
Team information
Colombo Cricket Club (c.1894 – present)
As of 28 April 2009
Source: ESPN Cricinfo

Colombo Cricket Club Ground (CCCG; Sinhala: කොළඹ ක්‍රිකට් සමාජ ක්‍රීඩාංගනය, Tamil: கொலோம்போ கிரிக்கெட் கிளப் கிரௌண்ட்) is a multi-purpose stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It is currently used mostly for domestic first-class cricket matches and for hosting warm up matches for touring teams. The stadium can hold 6,000 people and hosted its first Test match in 1984.[1] It is one of the smallest test grounds in the world. Three Test matches have been held at the Colombo Cricket Club Ground.


The Colombo Cricket Club Ground is the home ground of the Colombo Cricket Club, the oldest first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. The Ground is one of the three cricket grounds located in Maitland Crescent, Colombo, the other two being the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground and the Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground.[2] It is one of the smaller cricket grounds in Sri Lanka, and is also one of the smallest Test cricket grounds in the world. The Colombo Cricket Club Ground was formerly known as the Maitland Crescent Ground.[1][2]

The playing area of the ground takes up most of the space with a narrow area available for spectators to be seated on each side. On one end of the ground is the scoreboard and a concrete stand that houses the press box. This end is known as the Press Box End. The other end is the Pavilion End, where the main pavilion is located. The ground can hold 6,000 spectators.[2]

Matches held

The first cricket match on the Colombo Cricket Club Ground was held during the 1911-12 season.[3] Its maiden first-class cricket match was held in 1927 when the Europeans (Ceylon) hosted the Marylebone Cricket Club.[4] The ground also hosted a Marylebone Cricket Club team captained by Douglas Jardine in 1933-34.[1]

Three Test matches have been played at the Colombo Cricket Club Ground.[1] The first was held in March 1984, between Sri Lanka and New Zealand, resulting in a win for New Zealand by an innings and 61 runs.[5] Another Test match was held between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in March 1986. The last Test at the ground was in April 1987, again between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.[5]

At the ground in 1973-74, Sri Lanka played its first two international List A matches, against India. India won both matches.[6]

Domestic first-class and List A matches are regularly played at the ground. It also hosts touring teams in warm-up matches.[1] The ground was one of the five venues for the 2006 under-19 Cricket World Cup.[7]

International Centuries

There are four Test centuries have been scored at the venue.[8]

No. Score Player Team Balls Opposing team Date Result
1 180 John Reid  New Zealand 445  Sri Lanka 24 March 1984 Won
2 201* Brendon Kuruppu  Sri Lanka 548  New Zealand 16 April 1987 Drawn
3 120* Jeff Crowe  New Zealand 398  Sri Lanka 16 April 1987 Drawn
4 151* Richard Hadlee  New Zealand 240  Sri Lanka 16 April 1987 Drawn

List of five-wicket Halls

Five five wicket hauls in Test matches have been taken at the venue.[9]

No. Bowler Date Team Opposing team Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Result
1 Richard Hadlee 24 March 1984  New Zealand  Sri Lanka 1 22 73 5 3.31 Won
2 Ewen Chatfield 24 March 1984  New Zealand  Sri Lanka 1 22 63 5 2.86 Won
3 Richard Hadlee 24 March 1984  New Zealand  Sri Lanka 3 16 29 5 1.81 Won
4 Kosala Kuruppuarachchi 14 March 1986  Sri Lanka  Pakistan 1 14.5 44 5 2.96 Won
5 Ravi Ratnayeke 14 March 1986  Sri Lanka  Pakistan 3 17 37 5 2.17 Won

See also


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  2. ^ a b c
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  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Colombo Cricket Club Ground". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b
  6. ^ "List A Matches played by Sri Lanka". CricketArchive. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-12-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / One-Day Internationals / Batting records". Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Statistics - Statsguru - Test Matches - Bowling Records". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
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