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Bellerive Oval, Hobart

Bellerive Oval is Tasmania's international cricket Test match venue.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2004 18:48 IST

Bellerive Oval is Tasmania's international cricket Test match venue.

The Bellerive Oval has been the centre of sport in Clarence since the 1920s and has been the focus of football and cricket on the Eastern Shore since that time.

In the mid-1980s the Clarence City Council, with the support of the State Government and the Tasmanian Cricket Association, embarked on an ambitious plan to provide a first-class cricket facility in the City and ultimately to cater for Test and International cricket matches.

The redeveloped oval boasts a playing area as big as the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the home of Australian cricket.

The ground is 18,560 square metres in area, is 174 metres in length (fence to fence) and 134 metres in width (fence and fence).

The first Test Match hosted at the Bellerive Oval was that played between Australia and Sri Lanka in December 1989.

International, inter-State and local district cricket matches continue to be played on the oval in the summer months while the ground is the home of the Clarence District Football Club competing in the Tasmanian Football League roster in the winter months.

Bellerive Oval is located at Derwent Street, Bellerive, and is administered by Clarence City Council.

First Published: Jan 08, 2004 19:00 IST