Kensington Oval (SANFL)
The Kensington Oval is located on 344 The Parade, Kensington, South Australia.
From an area originally known as Shipsters Paddock, Kensington Oval was officially opened on Saturday, 10 July 1875. The ground was originally used for a range of sports including Australian Rules Football. The Kensington Football Club and the Norwood Football Club played at the oval between 1875 and 1897. Despite being located in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, the Oval was also the home ground for the West Adelaide Football Club in 1897.
Sir Donald Bradman (who lived in Kensington) played at the oval often after joining the Kensington club upon his move to Adelaide from Sydney in 1935.
From 1963, the ground was converted into an athletics stadium, featuring a rubber-bitumen track. In 1975, the track was upgraded to tartan track. The ground was also home to the Adelaide City soccer club.
In the 1990s, a new home for South Australian athletics, Santos Stadium, was built and Olympic Sports Field was taken over by the neighbouring Pembroke School, Adelaide. The running track was removed in 1995 and the ground was redeveloped as a cricket ground. Its original name of Kensington Oval was revived and the ground now plays host to grade and women’s cricket matches.
The Oval (UK)
The Oval, currently referred to for sponsorship purposes as the Kia Oval, is an international cricket ground in Kennington, in the London Borough of Lambeth, in South London. The Oval has been the home ground of Surrey County Cricket Club since it was opened in 1845. It was the first ground in England to host international Test cricket in September 1880. The final Test match of the English season is traditionally played there.
Australia has played England 37 times at the Oval with England winning 16 and Australia 7. 14 were drawn.
The Oval has been the AFL’s home away from home with all matches except one played at the Oval. The participating teams are in the table below.
|03/11/2012||Western Bulldogs vs. Port Adelaide||10,000|
|21/10/2006||Geelong v. Port Adelaide||12,129|
|08/10/2005||West Coast v. Fremantle||18,884|
|11/10/2003||Collingwood v. Fremantle||12,847|
|12/10/2002||Richmond v. Essendon||13,000|
|07/10/2000||Melbourne v. Adelaide||4,500|
|09/10/1999||Essendon v. Hawthorn||12,000+|
|10/10/1998||Western Bulldogs v. St Kilda||12,000|
|12/10/1997||West Coast v. Collingwood||14,000|
|16/10/1994||Richmond v. Carlton and Adelaide v West Coast||6,000|
|13/10/1991||West Coast v. Hawthorn||10,000|
|14/10/1990||Collingwood v. Essendon||9,000|
|22/10/1989||Melbourne v. Essendon||12,000|
|09/10/1988||Hawthorn v. Carlton||10,000|
|11/10/1987||Carlton v. North Melbourne||14,000|
|12/10/1986||Carlton v. North Melbourne||?|
|29/10/1972||Carlton v. All-Stars||9,000|
Winner of ICC Champions Trophy FDI 02/11/2017
In 2017 Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval with a massive 180 run win over arch rival India. Originally known as the ICC Knockout when it was staged in 1998 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2000 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was renamed the ICC Champions Trophy in 2002 was held every two years until 2009 (when it was held in South Africa after the scheduled event in 2008 in Pakistan had to be cancelled). Subsequently the event moved to a four year cycle and features the top eight teams in the ICC one-day rankings.
Pakistan Post issued a set of three stamps and a Miniature Sheet showing the Oval’s OCS stand, (2013-2020) as it is sponsored by Outsourced Client Solutions International Facilities Management Services. The stamps show the winning team and the trophy and stand.
Republique de Guinee
James Hopes and Kumar Sangakkara FDI 23/12/2013
James Hopes of Australia in the stamp and Kumar Sangakkara, a Sri Lankan cricket commentator, cricketer and former player and captain of the Sri Lanka national team. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He is in the margin of the minisheet with the silhouette of the OCS stand in the background.
Sports Series FDI 10/10/1980
The Test & County Cricket Board, in part to celebrate the centenary of the first test match at The Oval in 1880, privately produced a booklet with the Oval on the back cover. It contained 6 x 17.5p cricket commemorative stamps (SG1137.)
The booklet had an image of Lords on the front cover and information on John Arlott, WG Grace, Ted Dexter, Lord Harris and Murray Hedgcock inside.
Centenary of the Ashes Obituary Postmark 02/09/1982
The first test match between Australia and England was played at the MCG in 1877. The return game was played at the Oval in 1982. It was won by Australia.
On 2 September a more celebrated mock obituary, written by Reginald Shirley Brooks, appeared in The Sporting Times. It read:
In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29 August 1882,
Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintances
N.B.—The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.
The Centenary of the Obituary was celebrated by a special Postmark shown on the 1982 Centenary of the Ashes PSE.
2005 Ashes Series The Oval Cover with 2006 Ashes “Smiler” stamp
England won the Ashes in 2005 defeating Australia by 2:1.
Bletchley Park Post Office produced a cover with the Oval Ground to be used with the Ashes Winners Miniature stamp sheet issued by the Royal Mail. 20 of the covers were reissued for the 1 st anniversary of the win with the Red Ensign “smiler” issue with the Ashes Urn in the selvedge.