Cheshire County Cricket Club

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Cheshire 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 Cheshire and playing in the Minor Counties Championship and the MCCA Knockout Trophy.

The club is based at Cheadle and plays matches around the county at Boughton Hall in Chester, Nantwich, New Brighton, Grappenhall and at Moss Lane, Alderley Edge.

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

Honours[edit]

  • Minor Counties Championship (5) - 1967, 1985, 1988, 2007, 2013; shared (2) - 2001, 2005, 2013
  • MCCA Knockout Trophy (3) - 1983, 1987, 1996

Earliest cricket[edit]

Cricket may not have reached Cheshire until the 18th century. The earliest reference to the game being played there is in 1781.[1] This was a match played on Brinnington Moor in August 1781 which was reported in the Manchester Journal on 1 September 1781.[2]

Origin of club[edit]

According to Wisden there was a county organisation as early as 1819. The present club was founded on 29 September 1908 and entered the Minor Counties Championship for the first time the following year, 1909.[3]

Club history[edit]

Cheshire played its first List A match against Surrey on 6 May 1964, in the first round of the Gillette Cup at the Ellerman Lines Cricket Ground, Hoylake.[4] Cheshire has won the Minor Counties Championship five times, and twice shared the title. It won the title outright in 1967, 1985, 1988, 2007 and 2013. It shared the accolade in 2001 with Lincolnshire and in 2005 with Suffolk.

Cheshire has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy three times since its inception in 1983. It won in 1983, 1987 and 1996.

Famous players[edit]

The following Cheshire cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bowen, p.266
  2. ^ G. B. Buckley, Fresh Light on Pre-Victorian Cricket, Cotterell, 1937
  3. ^ Bowen, p.370
  4. ^ "List A Matches played by Cheshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 July 2012. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Further reading[edit]

  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • E W Swanton (editor), Barclays World of Cricket, Guild, 1986