Berkshire County Cricket Club

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Berkshire County Cricket Club
Captain: Zimbabwe Bjorn Mordt
Coach: England Carl Crowe
Founded: 1895
Home ground: No fixed address
MCCC wins: 3
MCCAT wins: 3
FP Trophy wins: 0
Official website: Berkshire County Cricket Club

Berkshire County Cricket Club is one of the county clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Berkshire and playing in the Minor Counties Championship and MCCA Knockout Trophy.

The Minor Counties play three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, Berkshire competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship.

History[edit]

According to Rowland Bowen in his Growth and Development of Cricket, the first reference to cricket being played in the county of Berkshire was in 1751. But cricket certainly reached Berkshire much earlier than that for it originated on the Weald in Saxon or Norman times and was definitely being played in Berkshire's neighbouring county of Surrey in 1550.

The first definite mention of cricket in Berkshire relates to the famous all rounder Thomas Waymark who resided at Bray Wick, near Maidenhead in the 1740s.

In September 1740, a team called "Buckinghamshire, Berkshire & Hertfordshire" played two matches against the famous London Cricket Club at Uxbridge and the Artillery Ground. London won the first "with great difficulty" but no post-match report was found of the second. See H T Waghorn: Cricket Scores 1730 - 1773.

By the late 18th century, Berkshire had become a first-class team. Its strength was in the prominent Oldfield Club of Bray, near Maidenhead, which had a team representative of Berkshire as a county and was capable of taking on other leading teams of the time. The first time we encounter Berkshire as a county team is in a match against Surrey in June 1769 and the county was first-class from then until August 1795 when, after losing to MCC at Lord's, it abruptly ceased to appear in important matches.

Club origins[edit]

The Oldfield Club was effectively a Berkshire county team but it was not formally constituted as a county club. Rowland Bowen's researches discovered evidence of a county organisation by 1841, but it may only have been a loose association of local clubs, as was sometimes the case elsewhere.

Berkshire CCC was founded on 17 March 1895, the same year that the Minor Counties Championship began. It did not compete in the first year of the competition but joined for 1896.

In 1921, Berkshire were offered first-class status and a place in the County Championship, however they declined the invitation because the team felt they lacked adequate facilities.[1]

Current squad[edit]

Famous players[edit]

The following Berkshire cricketers made an impact on the first-class game, or are notable for other things:

Honours[edit]

  • Minor Counties Championship (4) – 1924, 1928, 1953, 2008
  • MCCA Knockout Trophy (3) – 2004, 2011, 2013

Grounds[edit]

The club has no fixed address and uses several grounds around the county. These are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A brief history of the County Championship". Cricinfo.com. October 2006.  Retrieved on 11 October 2008.

External sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  • E W Swanton (editor), Barclays World of Cricket, Guild, 1986
  • H T Waghorn, The Dawn of Cricket, Electric Press, 1906