Harare Sports Club

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Harare Sports Club
Ground information
LocationHarare, Zimbabwe
Coordinates17°48′50.67″S 31°3′2.08″E / 17.8140750°S 31.0505778°E / -17.8140750; 31.0505778Coordinates: 17°48′50.67″S 31°3′2.08″E / 17.8140750°S 31.0505778°E / -17.8140750; 31.0505778
Establishment1900
Capacity10,000
OwnerZimbabwe Cricket
OperatorZimbabwe Cricket
TenantsZimbabwe national cricket team
Rhodesia cricket team
Mashonaland cricket team
Mashonaland Eagles
End names
Prayag End
Cycle Pure End
International information
First Test18–22 October 1992:
 Zimbabwe v  India
Last Test6–10 November 2016:
 Zimbabwe v  Sri Lanka
First ODI25 October 1992:
 Zimbabwe v  India
Last ODI16 April 2019:
 Zimbabwe v  United Arab Emirates
First T20I12 June 2010:
 Zimbabwe v  India
Last T20I8 July 2018:
 Australia v  Pakistan
Team information
Rhodesia (1910–1979)
Mashonaland (1923–2008)
Mashonaland Eagles (2009–present)
As of 16 April 2019
Source: Cricinfo

Harare Sports Club is a sports club and the Harare Sports Club Ground is a cricket stadium in Harare, Zimbabwe. Founded in 1900[1] and known as Salisbury Sports Club until 1982, it is mostly used for cricket matches, and has served as the primary cricket venue in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe since its foundation. Other sports played at the club are rugby, tennis, golf and squash.

History[edit]

The earliest recorded first-class cricket match at Salisbury Sports Club was played in 1910. In the years between World War II and independence from the United Kingdom, the ground hosted several of Rhodesia's home matches in the Currie Cup, South Africa's main domestic first-class competition.[2]

The first List A match at the ground was played in September 1980, shortly after independence.[3] During the 1980s and early 1990s, the ground frequently hosted first-class and List A matches between the Zimbabwe national team and touring national 'A', 'B' and youth teams.

In July 1992, Zimbabwe became a full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), thus obtaining Test status. Three months later, Harare Sports Club hosted the country's inaugural Test match, against India. Soon after, the ground played host to its first One Day International, also against India. In February 1995, HSC was the site of Zimbabwe's first-ever Test win, against Pakistan.[4]

The venue[edit]

The ground is surrounded by Jacaranda trees and with a beautiful gabled pavilion, Harare Sports Club is in the heart of the city, it is bordered by the heavily guarded presidential palace on one side and the prestigious Royal Harare Golf Club on another.

The venue hosted Zimbabwe's first Test in October 1992 and has been the country's major Test and one-day venue since. Although the club itself does not possess any of the major stands associated with major sports grounds, the capacity of around 10,000 can be increased by the use of temporary stands a record crowd of 26,000 saw Rhodesia play the MCC in 1956.[4]

However, that capacity is rarely tested and in recent times only the 2014 Zimbabwe Tri-Series, involving Australia and South Africa, and the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier have drawn sizeable crowds; the main social centre is the historic pavilion with its popular bar, The Centurion. On the southern side of the ground is Castle Corner, the alternative and usually lively bar.

This ground is home to the domestic team Mashonaland Eagles. Harare Sports Club is also home to the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, the country's national cricket board.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Menon, Mohandas (15 June 2001). "Harare Sports Club ground at a glance". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ "First-Class Matches played on Harare Sports Club, Harare". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  3. ^ "List A Matches played on Harare Sports Club, Harare". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Heatley, pp. 191.

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