Advantages Best ground in the country
Disadvantages Worst team in the country
Location -Kennington, London Established in 1845
One-day Name: Surrey Brown Caps
Captain: Stewart Walters
Overseas Player (s): Grant Elliott
Home Ground: The Oval
Cricket Manager: Chris Adams
Championship wins: 19 (including 1 shared)
Pro40 wins: 2
FP Trophy wins: 1
Twenty20 Cup wins: 1
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-The History of the Ground-The first ever test match was played at The Oval in 1880, England V Australia too, so appropriate that it was here in this mighty cricket arena that we stuffed them once again. All 23,500 seats sold out for all of the five days of the Test back in November 2008 when they came on sale early for nearly two million in gate receipts and now that Old Trafford is being edged off the international calendar The Oval is the venue of the people to see all forms of cricket. They also get huge domestic Twenty20 crowds and the recent T20 World Cup was a fabulous cosmopolitan sell out.
There's good tube access and you can also jump off early and walk in over the Thames and see the sites. The area is safe and the ground a good one for when it rains, access all areas and a decent museum and catering facilities, definitely not the case across London at Lords. Tickets for international matches aren't cheap and Ashes tickets went from £60 to a top end £120. Views in cricket grounds are fairly similar so you tend to be in with the horns and the Barmy Army if you buy cheaper ones. With the 'self preservation society....' being blasted in your ear for ten hours it can be a rather strained day. If you're fed up of your spot you can ask to be moved as they keep 300 or so seats free for swaps. Domestic T20 games there are around twenty quid and county and Pro40 games to see the Surrey (Brown Caps) about £12.The first ever tour to England that involved a test here was by an Australian Aboriginal team back in 1868, even then the South London ground expressing its cosmopolitan attitude and credentials. In fact documents show that a game called 'creckett' was played there 500 years ago. For me it's our number one ground now, the increasingly stuffy and expensive Lords cricketing experience well down the list. When The Oval is packed it's up there for atmosphere with the world's great grounds. Only Eden Park in India and a couple of the West Indian grounds have a noisier crowd.
In 1870 the first ever football match was played at The Kennington Oval.
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