The Warner Park Cricket Stadium was established in Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis in 2006.
The cricket ground is part of the Warner Park Sporting Complex, which also houses a football stadium, tennis courts and three netball/volleyball courts etc.
The Warner Park Cricket Stadium, with a seating capacity of 8,000, is the only active venue for international and domestic cricket matches in St Kitts and Nevis.
The first T20 international match at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium was played between West Indies and Bangladesh in 2009. The Men in Maroon won the match by five wickets.
Overall, 11 T20I matches have been played at the stadium. Besides the West Indies, the Warner Park Cricket Stadium is home to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots cricket team in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and the Leeward Islands cricket team.
Let’s have a look at the T20 records at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium.
Warner Park Cricket Stadium T20I records
Highest team total: England’s 182/6 against West Indies in 2019 is the highest T20I score at Warner Park Cricket Stadium. Sam Billings’ 47-ball 87 propelled the Three Lions to a match-winning total in the first innings. In reply, Windies were bowled out for 45 - the lowest team total at the ground.
Most runs: West Indies’ Marlon Samuels has scored 172 T20I runs at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium - the most by any batter. The former Windies batter played four games and maintained a batting average of 57.33.
Highest individual score: An unbeaten 91 by Lendl Simmons against Ireland in 2020 is the highest individual score on this ground. Simmons smashed 10 sixes in his 40-ball knock that helped the Windies chase Ireland’s score of 138 in 11 overs.
Highest partnership: Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis’s 133-run stand for the opening wicket against Ireland in 2020 is the highest partnership at Warner Park. The record stand saw Simmons contribute 85 runs while Lewis added 46 prior to his dismissal.
Best bowling figures: Obed McCoy's 6/17 against India in 2022 is the best bowling figures in a T20I fixture at Warner Park. The left-arm pacer gave away just 4.25 runs per over as he became the first bowler to take five-plus wickets against India in a T20I game.
Warner Park Cricket Stadium T20 records
Highest team total: Jamaica Tallawahs’ 255/5 against St Lucia Kings in their 2021 Caribbean Premier League game is the highest T20 score at Warner Park Cricket Stadium. Andre Russell’s quickfire 50 off 14 balls guided his side to a big score against St Lucia Kings, who managed 135 in 17.3 overs in response.
Lowest team total: Jamaica Tallawahs’ 80 in a 2015 CPL match against hosts St Kitts and Nevis Patriots is currently the lowest total in a domestic T20 match at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium. Bowling first, Jamaica could restrict SKNP to 199/5 in 20 overs. However, their run chase of 200 was unsatisfactory as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots bowled JT out in 16 overs and claimed a 119-run win.
Most runs: Evin Lewis has scored 1,307 runs at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium - the most by any batter. In 42 innings at the venue, he has averaged 33.51 and boasts a strike rate of 155.22.
Highest individual score: Representing St Lucia Kings, Faf du Plessis hit the highest individual T20 score (120 not out) against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in 2021. The Proteas star’s 60-ball knock consisted of 13 fours and five sixes as he led SLK to post a first innings total of 224/2 in the fixture. Du Plessis’ knock helped his team win the game by 100 runs.
Highest partnership: Chris Gayle and Chadwick Walton’s 162-run stand for the second wicket in the 2021 Jamaica Tallawahs vs St Kitts and Nevis Patriots game in the Caribbean Premier League is the highest partnership in T20s at this venue. The record stand saw Gayle contribute 78 runs while Walton added 73.
Most wickets: West Indies' Kesrick Williams has taken the most T20 wickets on this ground. He has 34 wickets at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium, with an economy rate of 8.23 and also has the record for most T20I wickets at the ground - 12 scalps.
Best bowling figures: Isuru Udana’s 5/21 against Barbados Royals in a 2021 Caribbean Premier League match is the best bowling figures in a T20 match at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium. The Sri Lankan quick, playing for Trinbago Knight Riders, registered an economy rate of 5.25 in the fixture.
Author: William Paul
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