The Queen’s Park Oval is a sports cricket stadium located in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Established in 1896, the Queen’s Park Oval is mostly used for cricket matches.
Privately owned by the Queen's Park Cricket Club, this Trinidad cricket ground has a seating capacity of around 20,000 and currently has the second largest capacity among cricket grounds in the Caribbean.
The Queen’s Park Oval staged its first international cricket match in 1930, a Test between West Indies and England that the visitors won by 167 runs. Since then, the stadium has hosted 61 Tests, the most for any cricket ground in the West Indies.
It has also hosted 70 One-Day Internationals including several World Series Cricket matches in 1979 and was one of the venues for the Cricket World Cup 2007. The cricket venue has also played host to six T20 international matches so far.
The Queen’s Park Oval is the home ground for the Trinidad and Tobago cricket team and Caribbean Premier League franchise Trinbago Knight Riders.
Here, we have a closer look at Queen’s Park Oval Test records and stats:
Queen’s Park Oval Test records and stats
The West Indies cricket team holds the record for the highest total at Queen’s Park Oval in Test cricket. Electing to bat first, West Indies posted a mammoth total of 681/8d against England in Port of Spain. During the fourth Test of England's tour of West Indies in 1954, the hosts rode on Everton Weekes’ 206, Frank Worrell’s 167 and Clyde Walcott’s 124 to record a massive first innings total on the board. The Queen’s Park Oval Test later ended in a draw.
The England cricket team owns the unwanted record for the lowest total at this venue in Tests. Chasing a target of 194 in the fourth innings, the visitors were bundled out for 46 during the third Test of England’s tour of West Indies 1993-94. Alec Stewart (18) was the only England batter to record double digits in England’s second innings. For West Indies, right-arm pacer Curtly Ambrose was the wrecker-in-chief in the second innings with figures of 10-1-24-6 to help the hosts register a 147-run victory. He had also claimed five scalps in the first innings.
Former West Indies cricketer Rohan Kanhai scored the most runs at Queen’s Park Oval in Test cricket. Between 1958 and 1974, the legendary top-order batter accumulated 1,212 runs in 16 Tests at an average of 43.28 at the venue. He slammed four hundreds and as many fifties on this ground in cricket’s longest format.
Former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose holds the record for the most wickets at this ground in Tests. Ambrose picked up 66 Test wickets in 12 matches at an average of 13.28 between 1988 and 2000. He has four four-wicket hauls and six fifers at Queen’s Park Oval in Test cricket.
Highest individual score
India cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar registered the highest individual score at Queen’s Park Oval in Test cricket. During the fifth Test of India’s tour of the West Indies in 1971, Gavaskar scored 220 in their second innings to help the visitors draw the match. Earlier, Gavaskar also slammed a scintillating hundred (124) in the first innings.
Best bowling figures in an innings
Former West Indies spinner Jack Noreiga recorded the best bowling figures in an innings of a Test at this venue in 1971. The right-arm off-spinner registered figures of 49.4-16-95-9 to bowl out India for 352 in their first innings. Despite Jack Noreiga’s magnificent spell, India won the Queen’s Park Oval Test by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Best bowling figures in a match
South Africa’s Makhaya Ntini holds the record for the best bowling figures in a Test match at Queen’s Park Oval. The former speedster took 13 wickets against West Indies during the second Test of South Africa’s tour of West Indies in 2005. While Makhaya Ntini bagged six wickets for 95 runs in the first innings, he scalped seven wickets for just 37 runs in the second innings to guide the visitors to an eight-wicket win at the Trinidad cricket ground.
West Indies’ Frank Worrell and Everton Weekes recorded the highest partnership at this ground in Test cricket. Worrell and Weekes forged a mammoth 338-run stand for the third wicket in the first innings of the fourth Test of a five-match series against England in 1954. Weekes scored 206 while Worrell was dismissed for 167. The match ended in a draw.
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