Cricket probably reached Cornwall during the 18th century, possibly sooner and a county organisation is known to have existed in 1813 (see Bowen) and this is the earliest reference to cricket in the county. The first cricket club in Cornwall was known as the Cornish Cricket Club of Truro and later became Truro Cricket Club.
The present Cornwall CCC was founded on 12 November 1894 and first competed in the Minor Counties Championship in 1904, appearing every year since with the exception of 1920. Cornwall won the Minor Counties Championship for the first time in their history in 2012, beating Buckinghamshire in the final. They have never won the MCCA Knockout Trophy since its inception in 1983.