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List of highest successful run chases in Tests at The Oval



Last Updated on 11 months by Charbel Coorey

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The Oval in London has traditionally been a good ground for batting. But, how successful have teams been in chasing targets?

Over the past 20 years, the team batting first has won 47.4% of Tests on this ground. Teams bowling last have had the better of proceedings in this period, with the top five successful run chases all taking place before 2000.

Top 5 successful run chases in Tests at The Oval

There have been multiple 300+ scores in the fourth innings on this ground. However, none of the top five scores in the final innings have actually resulted in victory.

423/7451South AfricaEngland1947Draw
348546AustraliaEngland2009ENG win
345464IndiaEngland2018ENG win

Here are the top five run chases achieved at Kennington Oval in London.

1. 263/9 by England against Australia, 1902

England’s effort way back in 1902 remains the highest succcessful run chase to date on this ground. They scored just 183 in reply to Australia’s 324 in the first innings, before knocking over the tourists for just 121 second time around.

Gilbert Jessop’s 104 and George Hirst’s 58 helped England to a remarkable win after falling to 48/5 in pursuit of 263.

2. 255/2 by West Indies against England, 1963

Windies opener Conrad Hunte hit 80 and 108* in an excellent win against England in 1963. The Test was even in the first innings before the visitors cruised to victory by eight wickets on the back of Hunte’s ton and Rohan Kanhai’s 77.

3. 242/5 by Australia against England, 1972

The Chappell brothers were at their very best at The Oval in 1972. Both scored hundreds in Australia’s first innings score of 399, which handed them a 115-run lead.

England fought hard in response with 356, and then picked up three Australian wickets for five runs during the chase of 242. However, Paul Sheahan (44*) and Rod Marsh (43*) led Australia to a fine win.

4. 226/2 by West Indies against England, 1988

West Indies sealed a 4-0 series win in England in 1988 with an eight-wicket win. Greats Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes put on 131 for the first wicket to set up the chase of 225, before Haynes and Gus Logie finished the job.

England dug deep in this Test to bowl the great Windies out for just 183 in the first innings. However, the Windies attack, consisting of Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, restricted the home side to 205 and 203 in their two digs.

5. 205/2 by England against South Africa, 1994

Devon Malcolm blew South Africa away with a memorable 9/57 in the second innings. The Proteas were bowled out for 175 after taking a lead of 28, before Mike Atherton (63) and Graeme Hick (81*) spearheaded the run chase of 205.

In a BazBall style chase, England picked off the target in just 35.3 overs at a run rate of 5.77.

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