The Oval Cricket ground is in Kennington, London. It is home to Surrey Cricket Club and was the venue for the first test match between Australia and England.
The land the ground is laid on is leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. The SCCC was formed in 1845 and the turf at the oval was originally taken from Tooting Common and cost a huge £300. The original pavilion was built in 1858, though it was replaced 1898 to accommodate the success and popularity of the ground. In 1882 a spectator is said to have bitten through his umbrella handle during a tense defeat of the England by Australia. This was the first time England had lost on native soil and The Sporting Times produced an obituary lamenting the death of English Cricket.
During Englandís next tour of Australia, the victorious England captain was presented an urn of ashes- said to represent the cremated ashes of English Cricket. The ashes are now presented to the victors in test matches between the two nations. The Oval ground was also the venue for the first Football cup final in 1872 and the first England versus Wales Rugby match.
Though Lords is considered the home of Cricket, the Oval has played an integral part in the history of the game and visitors to the ground can enjoy one of the best preserved Sports arenas in England.