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Surrey Village Cricket Ground

Surrey Village Cricket Ground in Maggona, Sri Lanka, has staged first-class, List A and other cricket matches since it was opened in 2011.

Location

The ground is in Surrey Village, Maggona, off St Vincent Road, about one kilometre from the sea and the Maggona railway station. Maggona is about 10 kilometres south of Kalutara.

History

After the 2004 tsunami the Surrey County Cricket Club in England and the Sri Lanka Cricket Board combined to raise money to build a village for some of the Sri Lankan survivors. A Twenty20 match played by international cricketers at Surrey's home ground, The Oval, on 20 June 2005,[1] raised about a million pounds for the project.[2] An area was cleared of forest, and a village, called Surrey Village, was laid out with streets named after Surrey cricketers. Then the cricket ground was constructed.[3]

The ground was officially opened in May 2011.[4] Since then matches in various Sri Lankan domestic men's, women's and junior competitions have been played there, as well as matches by touring clubs from overseas.[5]

The first first-class match was between Badureliya Sports Club, who have made this their home ground, and Moors Sports Club in February 2012.[6] The first List A match was between Ragama Cricket Club and Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in December 2013.[7]

The highest score is 342 by Minod Bhanuka for Sinhalese Sports Club against Badureliya Sports Club in January 2016.[8] The best bowling figures are 7 for 46 by Gayan Sirisoma for Badureliya against Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club in February 2015.[9]

References

  1. ^ "International XI v Asian XI, 2005". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ "A Sri Lankan village rebuilt – thanks to Surrey County Cricket Club". The Guardian. 26 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ Mountford, Adam (7 December 2007). "Surrey in a corner of Sri Lanka". BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Surrey Cricket Grounds In Maggona Ceremonially Declared Open". Sunday Leader. May 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Other matches played on Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  6. ^ "First-class matches played on Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  7. ^ "List A matches played on Surrey Village Cricket Ground, Maggona". CricketArchive. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Badureliya Sports Club v Sinhalese Sports Club 2015-16". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Badureliya Sports Club v Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club 2014-15". CricketArchive. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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28 September 2019