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Sir Vivian Richards Stadium is a cricket stadium located in North Sound, Saint George, Antigua and Barbuda.

Established in 2007, the stadium is named after West Indies cricket legend Vivian Richards.

The state-of-the-art venue includes two main stands - the Northern Stand and the five-story South Stand. It also has a practice pitch for various cricket teams, training infrastructure and a media centre.

With a seating capacity of 10,000, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium staged its first international cricket match, a One-Day (ODI) International played between West Indies and Australia in 2007. Led by Ricky Ponting, Australia won the game by 103 runs.

A year later, the stadium hosted its first Test match that featured West Indies and Australia.

Later in 2010, Sir Vivian Richards Stadium staged its first T20 international played between West Indies and South Africa. Since then, it has hosted more than 10 T20 internationals so far. 

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium T20 records and stats

Highest total

The Canada cricket team holds the record for the highest total at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in T20 international cricket. During an ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier clash in 2021, the Navneet Dhaliwal-led Canada posted 190/5 in their 20 overs against Bahamas. Put in to bat, Canada rode on Hamza Tariq’s unbeaten fifty (54 not out) along with contributions from Ravinderpal Singh (47) and Rayyan Pathan (38) to post a record T20 total at the venue. In reply, Bahamas were bowled out for 68 as Canada won the game by 122 runs in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.

Lowest total

The Bahamas cricket team registered the lowest total at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in the T20 format. Chasing 191, Bahamas were bundled out for 68 in 15.2 overs against Canada during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier encounter in 2021. Marc Taylor top-scored for Bahamas with 44 off 36 balls. For Canada, Jatinderpal Matharu bagged three wickets while Dilon Heyliger and Saad Bin Zafar claimed two scalps each. Earlier, Canada posted 190/5 in their 20 overs to register a comprehensive win.

Most runs

Bahamas’ Marc Taylor has scored the most runs at the venue in T20 cricket. Opening the batting, the swashbuckling right-handed batter amassed 171 runs in three matches at an average of 57 and a strike rate of 139.02 in ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier 2021. Argentina’s Alejandro Ferguson features second on the list with 126 runs in five matches.

Most wickets

Argentina’s Hernan Fennell has bagged the most wickets at this cricket ground in the T20 format. The right-arm pacer picked up 11 wickets in five T20 international matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at an average of 9.54 and an economy of 6.77. Canada’s Dilon Heyliger is second on the list with seven wickets in two T20I matches at this venue.

Highest individual score

Argentina cricketer Alejandro Ferguson holds the record for the highest individual score at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in T20 cricket. Batting at No.3, Alejandro Ferguson slammed unbeaten 86 off 60 balls against Belize in an ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier clash in 2021. His scintillating knock was laced with 12 fours and one maximum to power Argentina to 171/4 in their 20 overs. Later, Argentina bowled out Belize for 112 in 18.5 overs to win the game by 59 runs.

Best bowling figures

Argentina fast bowler Hernan Fennell has the best bowling figures at this venue in the T20 format. The right-arm pacer registered match-winning figures of 6/18 against Panama during an ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier clash in 2021. Defending 156, Hernan Fennell dismissed Salim Guzman, Yusuf Bhoola, Mahmud Jasat, Irfan Hafejee, Anilkumar Natubhai Ahir and Dineshbhai Ahir to restrict Panama to 111/9 in their 20 overs. 

Highest partnership

Argentina’s Alejandro Ferguson and Ramiro Escobar hold the record for the highest partnership at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in T20 cricket. During an ICC Men's T20 World Cup Americas Region Qualifier encounter in 2021, Alejandro Ferguson and Ramiro Escobar stitched an unbeaten 96-run partnership for the fifth wicket against Belize. Alejandro Ferguson scored 86 not out while Ramiro Escobar remained unbeaten on 41 to power Argentina to 171/4 in their 20 overs. Later, Argentina bowled out Belize for 112 to secure a 59-run victory in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda.

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