Melbourne Park, Kingston

Melbourne Park, Kingston

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Melbourne Park is a cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica. It is the home of Melbourne Cricket Club, the third oldest cricket club in Jamaica. The ground hosted first-class cricket on 23 occasions between 1908-09 and 1961-62. Although the ground has not been used for a first-class match since then, it played host to eight List A games in the Red Stripe Bowl between 1997-98 and 2003-04. Melbourne Park's opening first-class match, in February 1909, saw Ranji Hordern, playing for the Philadelphians on their final overseas tour, take 8-44 in the Jamaican first innings and 13-113 in the match; both remain (as of 2007) records for the ground.

George Headley performed some notable batting feats on this ground. Playing for Jamaica against Lord Tennyson's XI in February 1932, he struck 344 not out, at the time the highest innings made in the West Indies and still (as of 2007) a ground record.Headley and Clarence Passailaigue (261*) put on an unbroken stand of 487 for the sixth wicket: this remains (as of 2007) a world record for that wicket.The other two first-class double hundreds scored at Melbourne Park were both Headley's: 211 against Lord Tennyson's XI in 1927-28 and 203* against Barbados in 1946-47.

In one-day cricket, Dawnley Joseph's 153* for Windward Islands against Jamaica in 1997-98 was the highest List A score made in the West Indies, a record that stood until......
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