About The Club

The Queen’s Park Cricket Club was founded in 1891 and its home ground was the Queen’s Park Savannah.
It was the 23rd March 1896 that Queen’s Park Cricket Club played their last match at the Queen’s Park Savannah and a move was made to occupy the club’s new ground: A parcel of land west of the Savannah. It consisted of ten acres and sixteen perches.
Queens Park Ground
Before the end of 1896, the pavilion had been erected, becoming the first building on the site. Queen’s Park was ready to welcome Lord Hawke’s team at the beginning of 1897, and the first international match was played at the Oval on January 29th and 30th.
It is also credit to the builders of the pavilion that it remained substantially the same until the first modification in 1952. A members’ ladies stand and temporary public stand were erected soon afterwards and such accommodation was in place for both Lord Hawke’s and Priestly’s teams in the first year of international cricket at our venue in 1897.

With the magnificent backdrop and close proximity of the beautiful Northern Range to give every encouragement, the development of the ground went rapidly ahead. In those early days the main entrance to the ground was at the North-Eastern corner and through this gate the more affluent members would drive their horse-drawn carriages through an avenue of palms, and then around the eastern boundary to the pavilion at the southern end.
Many of the spreading and shady Samaan trees were planted in those years and today there are few survivors.

The Oval pitch in itself has quite a history. Initially a grass pitch of sorts was the first playing surface but from early accounts it was not the best of pitches and could in no way bear comparison to the turf wickets that then graced cricket grounds in Barbados, Jamaica and British Guiana.
By the time AWF Somerset’s team arrived in 1911, however, a clay strip had been introduced and this constituted the under-surface of the coconut fibre matting pitch which was replaced in 1934 by jute matting.
The coconut fibre matting was known as “The Bag” and produced a very fiery surface with sharp bounce. The Trinidad batsmen became known for their cutting and hooking ability.
In 1934, the celebrated Australian player, Arthur Richardson, at the invitation of Queen’s Park, visited Trinidad on a coaching engagement and introduced the jute matting which was then used extensively in Australia, providing a true surface on which young players could develop their game.
This was a major improvement and was probably the greatest single factor in the development of batsmen in Trinidad to the standard of contemporary Test players.
In 1951, the matter of a turf wicket at the Oval was revived by Jeff Stollmeyer and when the long, drawn West Indies Indian Tests at Queen’s Park followed in 1953 experimental pitches were laid on the eastern sides of the existing matter under the supervision of E.H. (Man) Borde.
It was apparent, however, that the advice and instructions of a qualified grounds man was necessary to teach Queen’s Park’s ground staff the actual mechanism of preparation. As such, Badge Menzies of British Guiana was at first invited to give the benefit of his experience to slim Lucas and his aides on the Oval ground staff.
A year later, Son Waldron of Barbados took the semi –grassless middle and worked on it for four weeks to produce the pitch on which 1255 runs were scored over a period of six days for the loss of 22 wickets in the West Indies Australia Test of 1955. It was the first Test played on true turf at Queen’s Park Oval and ended the long reign of matting.