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Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium

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Address  Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
Capacity  15,000
Team  West Indies cricket team
Opened  2002
Phone  +1 704-246-1131
Establishment  2002
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium
Location  Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
First Test  20–24 June 2003:  West Indies v  Sri Lanka
Last Test  9–13 August 2016:  West Indies v  India
First ODI  8 June 2002:  West Indies v  New Zealand
Last ODI  24 July 2013:  West Indies v  Pakistan
First T20I  1 May 2010:  Afghanistan v  India
Tenants  Windward Islands cricket team, St Lucia Zouks
Similar  Sabina Park, Queen's Park Oval, Warner Park Sporting, Providence Stadium, Kensington Oval Barbados

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The Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, previously the Beauséjour Stadium, is a cricket ground located near Gros Islet, Saint Lucia standard seating capacity of 15,000. It was completed in 2002 and currently accommodates 13,000 spectators.

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Originally named after the Beausejour hills and situated in the outskirts of Rodney Bay, the stadium was completed in 2002 and hosts domestic matches for the Windward Islands cricket team. It staged its first international Test match in 2003 against Sri Lanka and became the first venue in the Caribbean to host a day-night game.

The stadium was constructed on 22 acres consisting of about 18 hospitality suites and a pavilion that offers each team its own gym and lounge apart from a balcony and conference room. It is located in the driest area of Saint Lucia, making it most suitable for hosting cricket.

In April 2016 it was renamed as the Darren Sammy National Cricket Ground after Darren Sammy captained the West Indies side in winning the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India. He also captained the West Indies to victory in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, making him the second West Indian captain after Clive Lloyd with multiple ICC world championships. One of the stands will also be named in honour of Johnson Charles, who was also part of the side in both 2012 and 2016. The first international match played at the renamed stadium took place on 9 August 2016, when India played the West Indies as part of a four-match Test series.

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Location

The stadium is located at the north-eastern end of the tourist resort of Rodney Bay, approximately 6 minutes drive from the town of Gros Islet on the scenic Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The stadium is close to the residential enclaves in Beauséjour and Epouge Bay.

Facilities

The stadium is known for its high standard facilities and is regarded by the West Indies Cricket Board as a standard for current and future venues in the Caribbean. Its outfield, a perfect oval, is predictably lush green. The stadium also became the first international ground in the Caribbean to receive floodlighting with the installation of 6 floodlight towers in 2006, enabling the hosting of day/night matches. In May 2006 it hosted the first ever international Day/Night ODI match in the Caribbean when the West Indies took on Zimbabwe. Due to the unfavourable time zone differences between the Caribbean and the large cricket markets in the far east international day/night matches have been few and far between.

The stadium has 18 hospitality suites, a permanent seating capacity of 13,000 with bucket-type seating which can be increased to 20,000 for international matches. There are also two artificial pitches and two turfs for practice and warm-ups.

Regional cricket

  • It serves as a home venue for the Windward Islands cricket team along with the Mindoo Philip Park in Castries.
  • International cricket

  • It is a home and venue in all forms of cricket for the West Indies since 2003.
  • Cricket records

  • First One Day International: West Indies vs New Zealand on 8 June 2002.
  • First Test match: West Indies vs Sri Lanka on 20–24 June 2003.
  • Highest team score (in Tests)- India (588-8) vs West Indies in 2006.
  • Highest team total (in ODIs) - New Zealand( 363-5) vs Canada in 2007.
  • Highest team total (in T20Is) - Australia (197-7) vs Pakistan in 2010.
  • 2007 Cricket World Cup

    It was one of the venues of the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the most important tournament in international cricket, hosting 7 matches, including all 6 Group C matches. New Zealand went the round unbeaten, twice scoring a total beyond 300 runs. The second semi-final between the defending champions Australia and South Africa was played here with an official attendance of 13,875.

    2010 World Twenty20

    In 2010, the stadium hosted 10 matches of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 along with two other stadiums in Caribbean. Four of the matches were Group stage games, four Super 8 matches and both semi-finals of the tournament (one of the semi-finals due to bad weather preventing matches from being held at the Providence Stadium in Guyana).

    The stadium saw the third international Twenty20 century scored by Indian batsman Suresh Raina in the Group match between India and South Africa.

    References

    Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium Wikipedia


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