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U19 Venue Feature: Cobham Oval

ICC U19 CWC - Know Your Venues

The ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup is less than a month away and the 16-team event promises to bring together future stars who will compete across four cities and seven venues in New Zealand.

The 48-match event is the third U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, which previously hosted the 2002 and 2010 editions. Christchurch is the only city that has multiple venues, with matches slotted at the Hagley Oval, Rangiora Oval, Bert Sutcliffe Oval and Lincoln No. 3.

Matches in Queenstown will be played at the John Davies Oval, while the fixtures in Tauranga and Whangarei will be played at the Bay Oval and the Cobham Oval respectively.

With the first match between Pakistan and Afghanistan set to take place in Whangarei, what better place to start than by featuring Cobham Oval?

Shikar Dhawan bats during day two of the two day international cricket warm up match between the New Zealand XI.
Shikar Dhawan bats during day two of the two day international cricket warm up match between the New Zealand XI.

Ground Name: Cobham Oval 

Capacity: 5,500

Location: Whangarei, New Zealand 

Cobham Oval is situated in New Zealand's northern-most city, Whangarei, and has two ovals. The first, which only hosts first-class matches, will be the venue for the ICC U19 World Cup 2018 and has never hosted an international match. The second, granted international status in 2011, has only hosted one men's One-Day International, between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in 2012. The venue also hosted a two-day warm up between New Zealand XI sides and India in 2014, another against Pakistan plus a T20 warm-up against England.

But the most interesting aspect isn't that there are two grounds with the same name but the origin of the name itself. Charles Lyttelton, an English cricketer from one of the great cricketing families, became the captain of Worcestershire during the 1930s and was famous for his quick scoring and witty quotes about maintaining the same form against first-class and international bowlers. The word 'Cobham' came about because Lyttelton, while being a cricketer, was also the 10th Viscount Cobham and later on became the ninth Governor General of New Zealand, thus moving to Hagley and forever cementing his place in New Zealand cricket history.

Ishant Sharma of India bowling at Cobham Oval in Whangarei.
Ishant Sharma of India bowling at Cobham Oval in Whangarei.

U19 CWC fixtures

January 13: Afghanistan v Pakistan

January 14: Ireland v Sri Lanka

January 16: Ireland v Pakistan

January 17: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

January 19: Pakistan v Sri Lanka

January 20: Afghanistan v Ireland

Click here to view full fixtures.

Neil Broom and Jos Buttler during the warm up Twenty20 cricket match at Cobham Oval in Whangare.
Neil Broom and Jos Buttler during the warm up Twenty20 cricket match at Cobham Oval in Whangare.

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