Kingsmead, Durban

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  • Location: Durban, South Africa
  • Stadium Capacity: 25,000
  • Home Teams: KwaZulu Natal Dolphins
  • Name of the Ends: Umgeni End, Old Fort End
  • First Test: South Africa vs England | 18 January 1923
  • First ODI: South Africa vs India | 17 December 1992
  • First T20I: Kenya vs New Zealand | 12 September 2007


Brief Description and History of Kingsmead Durban

Kingsmead Durban

A day night match in progress at the Kingsmead Durban

The ground hosted the very first home Test after South Africa was re-admitted to international cricket.

Located right by the sea side, the stories of how the tides in the ocean affect the outcome of the matches at Kingsmead are now part of the Durban folklore. Strange incidents in the middle such as a flurry of wickets are often ascribed to the high or low tide, as may be the case at that point in time!

While Kingsmead is primarily a cricket ground, it is also the venue for the Comrades Marathon every second year. The marathon is run in opposite directions every alternate year, hence the Kingsmead hosts the finishing line only every other year.

Durban Weather & Wicket

Sub-tropical climate with hot and humid summers. Temperatures are pleasant during the winter months, and the days are relatively much drier.

The weather conditions and the pitch at Durban have generally favored the faster bowlers, especially seamers. Teams from the sub-continent have generally struggled to adjust to the conditions here.

Major Records, Matches and Events at the Kingsmead, Durban

  • Kingsmead, Durban holds the record for hosting the longest ever Test match till date. This was the last timeless Test – played between South Africa and England. The match started on 3rd March 1939 and was finally called off on 14 March 1939. A result had still not been achieved but the match was finally ended else England would have missed their boat home!
  • One of the more memorable tests played at the Kingsmead was the February 1970 South Africa vs Australia test. The home team made the Aussies follow on and heaped a crushing innings and 129 runs defeat on the visitors. Graeme Pollock scored a famous 274 and was ably assisted by Barry Richards who too scored a century.
  • The ground hosted one of the two semi-finals of the ICC World Cup 2003 hosted by SA.

Other Cricket Grounds in South Africa

  1. Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
  2. SuperSport Park, Centurion
  3. Newlands Cricket Ground, Capetown