Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

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Capacity: 15,000 (after redevelopment)

Floodlights: Yes, 2005

Ends: River Taff End, Cathedral Road End

Home team: Glamorgan

Local time: GMT or GMT +0100


 
Tests ODIs T20s
- Played: 3
- Win by home side: 1
- Win by visitors: -
- Win by neutral team: 1
- Win batting 1st: 1
- Win batting 2nd: 1
- Drawn: 1
- Played: 19
- Win by home side: 0
- Win by visitors: 0
- Win by neutral team: 15
- Win batting 1st: 4
- Win batting 2nd: 11
- Tied: 1
- No result: 3
- Played: 3
- Win by home side: 2
- Win by visitors: -
- Win by neutral team: 1
- Win batting 1st: 1
- Win batting 2nd: 2
- Tied: -
- No result: -
Recent highest test totals:
- Australia 674/6d (2009)
- England 496/5d (2011)
- England 435 (2009)
Recent highest ODI totals:
- India 331/7 (2013)
- England 324/7 (2016)
- South Africa 305 (2013)
Recent highest T20 totals:
- England 182/5 (2015)
- Australia 177/8 (2015)
- England 129/5 (2010)
Highest individual score: 203 (Jonathan Trott) Highest individual score: 114 (Shikhar Dhawan) Highest individual score: 90 (Steven Smith)
Best bowling (innings): 5/114 (Mitchell Starc) Best bowling: 4/28 (Ravindra Jadeja) Best bowling: 3/10 (Tim Bresnan)
Best bowling (match): 7/94 (Graeme Swann)

Average S/R: 40.09 Average S/R: 32.30
Average S/R: 22.03
Average RpO: 3.54 Average RpO: 5.26
Average RpO: 7.22

Highest Individual Scores
203 - IJL Trott (Eng)
150 - RT Ponting (Aus)
134 - JE Root (Eng)
133 - AN Cook (Eng)
125* - MJ North (Aus)
114 - S Dhawan (Ind)
107
- V Kohli (Ind)
100
- Mohammad Ashraful (Ban)
100 - SK Raina (Ind)
93* - HH Gibbs (SA)
90 - SPD Smith (Aus)
74
- EJG Morgan (Eng)
72*
- MM Ali (Eng)
44
- GJ Maxwell (Aus)
38*
- EJG Morgan (Eng)

Best Bowling Analysis
5/114 - MA Starc (Aus)
4/16
- GP Swann (Eng)
4/40 - CT Tremlett (Eng)
4/75 - NM Lyon (Aus)
3/39 - SCJ Broad (Eng)
4/28 - RA Jadeja (Ind)
4/30
- KD Mills (NZ)
4/34
- L Malinga (SL)
4/37
- GI Allott (NZ)
4/39 - CJ McKay (Aus)
3/10 - TT Bresnan (Eng)
2/14 - GP Swann (Eng)
2/18 - SCJ Broad (Eng)
2/22 - RJ Sidebottom (Eng)
2/23 - Shoaib Akhtar (Pak)

Record Partnerships
1st - 93 - NT Paranavitana/TM Dilshan (SL)
2nd - 239 - SM Katich/RT Ponting (Aus)
3rd - 251 - AN Cook/IJL Trott (Eng)
4th - 153 - GS Ballance/JE Root (Eng)
5th - 160 - IJL Trott/IR Bell (Eng)
6th - 200 - MJ North/BJ Haddin (Aus)
7th - 68 - HAPW Jayawardene/NLT Perera (SL)
8th - 72 - MG Johnson/MA Starc (Aus)
9th - 68 - GP Swann/JM Anderson (Eng)
10th - 19* - JM Anderson/MS Panesar (Eng)
1st - 154 - GC Smith/HH Gibbs (SA)
2nd - 92 - ME Waugh/RT Ponting (Aus)
3rd - 170 - R Dravid/V Kohli (Ind)
4th - 163 - Shoaib Malik/Sarfraz Ahmed (Pak)
5th - 148 - RG Twose/CL Cairns (NZ)
6th - 85 - GJ Bailey/MS Wade (Aus)
7th - 124 - Mohammad Yousuf/Rashid Latif (Pak)
8th - 32 - Mohammad Yousuf/Waqar Younis (Pak)
9th - 15 - CK Woakes/JC Tredwell (Eng)
10th - 48 - R McLaren/M Morkel (SA)
1st - 26 - C Kieswetter/SM Davies (Eng)
2nd - 37 - Shahzaib Hasan/Mohammad Yousuf (Pak)
3rd - 135 - MM Ali/EJG Morgan (Eng)
4th - 37 - SPD Smith/MR Marsh (Aus)
5th - 38* - Umar Akmal/Shahid Afridi (Pak)
6th - 67* - EJG Morgan/MH Yardy (Eng)
7th - 2 - MP Stoinis/NM Coulter-Nile (Aus)
8th - 29 - Abdul Razzak/Umar Gul (Pak)
9th - 2* - MP Stoinis/MA Starc (Aus)
10th - 4 - Shoaib Akhtar/Saeed Ajmal (Pak)

As at May 30, 2017

History

Sophia Gardens (Welsh: Gerddi Soffia), currently known as SWALEC Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm SWALEC) under a naming rights deal, is a cricket stadium on the west bank of the River Taff in Cardiff, 1.6 kilometres (one mile) north of Cardiff Arms Park. It was named after Lady Sophia Rawdon-Hastings. Daughter of the 1st Marquess of Hastings and wife to the 2nd Marquess of Bute, Lady Sophia was concerned to provide open space for recreation in the rapidly expanding city in the late 19th century, in which her husband was heavily involved. The area is currently owned by Cardiff City Council.

County cricket

The SWALEC Stadium is home to the Glamorgan County Cricket Club. The cricket club has played first-class cricket matches at the venue since 1967, after moving away from Cardiff Arms Park. A 125-year lease of the ground was acquired in 1995, with the previous leaseholders, Cardiff Athletic Club, moving their cricketing operations to the Diamond Ground in Whitchurch. Beside the cricket ground is the large sports hall complex of the Sport Wales National Centre. Cardiff Corinthians F.C. have previously used the area for football. In July 2007 Glamorgan cricketer, Mike Powell, was granted his wish to have a rib, removed during surgery, buried at the ground.

International cricket

On 11 April 2008, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the SWALEC Stadium would host a series of major Test matches over the next four years. They had already announced that the Stadium would host a One Day International between England and South Africa on 3 September 2008 and that it would host its first Test match between England and Australia in the first match of The Ashes series in 2009. This made the SWALEC Stadium the 100th Test match venue.

The first test match staged at the SWALEC stadium started on 8 July 2009. England winning the toss decided to bat first, with Andrew Strauss scoring the first test runs scored at the venue and Ben Hilfenhaus taking the first wicket. The match was drawn.

On 4 March 2008, Glamorgan Cricket Club announced a 10 year sponsorship deal with SWALEC, thought to be the biggest single sponsorship by a county cricket club, giving SWALEC the naming rights to the new stadium, which is worth in excess of £1.5 million over 10 years. The GB£9.4 million redeveloped stadium, with approximately half of the funding (£4.5m) being provided in the form of a Cardiff Council loan. It is possible that the revamped stadium could host seven Test matches, nine One Day Internationals and two World Cup games up to 2028, injecting at least £50m into the local economy. Construction of the redevelopment of Sophia Gardens began in April 2007, and the redeveloped stadium was first opened for competitive matches on 9 May 2008, when the Glamorgan Dragons played the Gloucestershire Gladiators in a Friends Provident Trophy match in which the Gladiators won by six wickets.