The Rose Bowl T20 Records

The Rose Bowl T20 records contains statistics and pitch reports on all T20 international matches played in Southampton as well as a list of previous T20 results at this ground and record high and low T20 scores as well as best performances by a batsman and bowler at The Rose Bowl.

You can find records for T20 domestic cricket at The Rose Bowl on our T20 Blast pages

The Rose Bowl is also known as the Ageas Bowl for sponsorship reasons is located just outside Southampton in Hampshire and regularly plays host to international T20 and 50 over cricket as well as Test Matches. The Rose Bowl is the newest purpose-built cricket stadium in England and includes an onsite hotel making the ground a regular destination for international cricket during the coronavirus pandemic.

In 2005, the Rose Bowl established the record of being the first venue used to host a T20 international in England when it staged the match between England and Australia ahead of the historic 2005 Ashes series.

During the first few seasons after it was opened in 2001, The Rose Bowl pitch had a reputation for being very bowler-friendly but in recent years the pitches in Southampton have been of a good standard and as demonstrated by the T20 records below are conducive to competitive cricket. The stadium has a permanent capacity of 15,000 but can be extended to 25,000 for international matches.

How long are the boundaries at The Rose Bowl?

Whereas other, older venues in England have often been forced to develop inwards and in doing so either shortened the boundaries or created odd-shaped playing surfaces, the fact that the Rose Bowl is newly built means that it has one of the biggest playing areas in the country and is almost a perfect oval in shape with the longer boundaries being straight usually at over 80 metres.

Previous T20 results at The Rose Bowl

To date England have hosted T20 matches against Australia, Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Rose Bowl including 3 back to back matches against Australia in 2020 when the venue was used as a ‘bubble’ for cricket throughout the summer.

TeamsGames PlayedWinsTies or N/RLosses
Sri Lanka3102
South Africa1001
Last 5 T20 matches at The Rose Bowl
TeamsYearToss1st innings2nd inningsResult
89 runs
AUS 5 wkts
3 balls
ENG 6 wkts
7 balls
ENG 2 runs
ENG 9 wkts
33 balls
Wins batting first vs batting second
Batting firstBatting second
Average first innings score and winning score at The Rose Bowl

Average first innings score: 168

Average first innings winning score: 186

The average T20 scores at the Rose Bowl noted above are inflated by Australia’s record total of 248 here back in 2013 (see below). If we were to remove this from the data the figures above would read 158 runs and 171 runs respectively which is perhaps a better indication of what an average score is likely to be in a T20 match at the Rose Bowl.

In early matches at the Rose Bowl sides batting first stood a significantly better chance of winning but as the pitch has settled the venue has produced a more even contest in that regard.

You can use our what’s a winning score predictor below that takes into account records from all T20 matches played at The Rose Bowl including domestic fixtures.

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Highest score in a T20 match at The Rose Bowl

The record for the highest score in a T20 match at the Rose Bowl was set by Australia when they scored 248 for 6 against England in 2013.

Having won the toss and elected to field on a very flat surface, England got an early breakthrough in slightly comical fashion after David Warner lost his bat and his wicket in skying a catch to Jos Buttler. However, fellow opener Aaron Finch embarked on a record-breaking innings of his own as he smashed what was at the time the highest score by a batsmen in a T20 international (156). Indeed, Finch would go on to break his own record making 172 against Zimbabwe in a T20 game 5 years later.

Finch was given support by the Australian middle order in the form of Shaun Marsh and Shane Watson who he shared century partnerships with. Australia’s record total at the Rose Bowl might have been higher had Finch managed to bat out the overs but they managed just 22 runs from the final 16 balls to finish on 248.

At the time, Australia’s score of 248 was the record highest total between 2 Test playing nations in a T20i and it remains the record highest score for T20 internationals played in England.

Watch highlights of Australia’s record T20 score below

Lowest Score in a T20 match at The Rose Bowl

Australia hold the record for the lowest total in a T20 match at the Rose Bowl having been bowled out for 79 against England in 2005.

As noted above the record low score coincided with what was the very first T20 international played in England. Australia had played a T20 before and in fact were involved in the inaugural T20 international against New Zealand 4 months earlier in a match which neither side took particularly seriously – they played in retro kits, many of the players sported joke moustaches and Glenn McGrath at one point resorted to bowling under-arm!

However, England certainly took this T20 at the Rose Bowl seriously and saw it as an early opportunity to show they would be competitive for the first time in many Ashes series. The home team made 179 from their 20 overs before Australia fell apart in pursuit of the total.

The record low score might have been even more embarrassing with the Australians at one point 31 for 7 before Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee combined for a partnership of 36 to help them limp to 79 all out in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Rose Bowl.

From an England point of view, Jon Lewis making his England debut in any form of cricket, was the standout performer with 4 for 24 while old stager Darren Gough also returned the impressive figures of 3 for 16.

Watch highlights of Australia’s record low total at the Rose Bowl below

Top Score by a batsman in a T20 at The Rose Bowl

Not surprisingly, Aaron Finch’s effort of 156 against England remains the record score for a T20 at the Rose Bowl and is still the 3rd highest T20 score by a batsmen in all international cricket.

Finch’s epic Rose Bowl innings came off 63 balls at a strike rate of 247 and included 11 x 4s and an incredible 14 x 6s. Finch’s 14 maximums remained a record in all T20 cricket (international and domestic) until 2019 when Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai smashed 16 x 6s against Ireland.

On a flat pitch at the Rose Bowl, Finch was particularly brutal against spin taking Joe Root for 26 from one over and Danny Briggs for 23 from another.

Highlights of Finch’s record knock at the Rose Bowl can be seen in the highest team score section above.

Best bowling figures at the Rose Bowl in a T20

Dushmantha Chameera holds the record for the best bowling figures in a T20 at the Rose Bowl with his 4 for 17 against England in 2021.

Chameera gave a masterclass of how to bowl in a T20 match, initially opening the bowling and doing so with pace and swing and despite going unrewarded in his initial spell he conceded just 11 runs in his 2 powerplay overs.

Chameera then returned at the death and demonstrated that he has a very effective slower ball, claiming 4 wickets in 2 overs with the change up delivery to help limit a strong England batting line-up which at the half way stage of their innings must have been eyeing 200+

Watch highlights of Chameera’s record at the Rose Bowl

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