Devon County Cricket Club
|Devon County Cricket Club|
|Minor Counties Championship wins:||6|
|MCCA Knockout Trophy wins:||4|
|Official website:||Devon CCC|
Today Devon County Cricket Club competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA) Championship. The division, made up of ten teams sees each team playing six three day fixtures over the course of the season, completing home and away games against each side over a three year cycle. Devon also plays in the 50 over a side MCCA Knock Out Trophy. The county has an outstanding record in both the Championship and the one day knockout trophy.
The Minor Counties Championship is based on matches of two innings per side over three days. Counties are arranged into two geographical groups of ten –Eastern and Western divisions -and teams plays three home and three away matches against other sides within their division; each year, fixture list are altered so that over a three year cycle each sides plays the other teams in their division. At the end of the season the team with the best record from the Eastern Division plays the winner of the Western Division for the Minor Counties Championship, over four days.
The MCCA Trophy is a 50 over a side competition in which all teams initially play in a different league of five sides, organized geographically, and the winner and runner up in each of the four groups play in a series of knockout stages, culminating in a final. often played at Lord’s.
- Minor Counties Championship (7) - 1978, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2006, 2011; shared (1) - 2004
- MCCA Knockout Trophy (4) - 1992, 1994, 1998, 2008
The earliest reference to cricket in the county dates from the 1790s. An embryo county organisation existed in the 1820s and a County club was initially founded in 1861. It went out of existence briefly in 1897 but was re-formed on 26th November 1899, and joined the Minor Counties’ Championship in 1901. At present twenty Minor Counties participate in two competitions.
Devon was the scene of a county club’s foundation on 18 August 1875, but not its own! Somerset County Cricket Club was set up by some Somerset Gentlemen players at a meeting at Sidmouth CC, immediately after a match against the Gentlemen of Devon.
An application was made for first-class status and entry to the County Championship in 1948, however the County was turned down. Devon has won the Minor Counties Championship eight times, one of them shared. It first won in 1978 and then under the captaincy of Peter Roebuck it won for four consecutive years from 1994 to 1997, a record for the competition. There was a shared title with Bedfordshire in 2004, another success in 2006 and the most recent achievement was victory against Cambridgeshire in the Championship final at March in September 2011.
Devon has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy four times since its inception in 1983. It won in 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2008.
The county first played List A cricket in the 1969 Gillette Cup against Hertfordshire and appeared in 33 List A matches from 1969 to 2005, winning seven and losing 26, the majority of which were against first-class opponents. The county claimed a first-class scalp once, defeating Leicestershire in the 2004 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy. The right to play List A cricket was lost in 2006 when the Minor Counties were excluded from the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy from that onward.
Origin of club
Devon applied for first-class status and to join the County Championship in 1948, however they were turned down. Wisden Cricketer's Almanack on page 952 of its 1950 edition, recorded that the application was discussed at the Advisory County Cricket Committee of existing first-class counties on 15 March 1949. It said: "No decision was made but at the meeting the counties could not find anything to support the application."
Devon has won the Minor Counties Championship seven times, one of them shared. It first won in 1978 and then under the cpataincy of Peter Roebuck it won for four consecutive years from 1994 to 1997, a record for the competition. There was a shared title with Bedfordshire in 2004 and another title in 2006. Their most recent success came in 2011 when they defeated Cambridgeshire in the championship final. Devon has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy four times since its inception in 1983. It won in 1992, 1994, 1998 and 2008.
The county first played List A cricket in the 1969 Gillette Cup against Hertfordshire. The county appeared in 33 List A matches from 1969 to 2005, winning seven and losing 26, the majority of which against first-class opponents. The county claimed a first-class scalp once, defeating Leicestershire in the 2004 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy. Devon lost the right to play List A cricket when the Minor counties were excluded from the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy from the 2006 season onward.
In 2011, the Club set up a Development XI, the Devon Lions, to help bring on new players. It has links to the recently a formed charity, the David Shepherd Cricket Foundation, one of whose objectives is to nurture young cricketing talent in Devon. The Lions play a number of competitive games against university and county 2nd XI teams.
The current squad for the 2012 season is:
|Name||Nat||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|James Burke||England||RHB||RMF||Former England Under-19 player|
The club have no fixed home, but play their matches at various grounds across the county. Grounds used for the 2011 season include:
- North Devon Cricket Club Ground, Instow
- Recreation Ground, Bovey Tracey
- Recreation Ground, Torquay
- The Fortfield, Sidmouth
- The Maer Ground, Exmouth
- "Minor Counties Roll of Honour". www.ecb.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "A brief history of the County Championship". Cricinfo.com. October 2006. Retrieved on 11 October 2008.
- "List A Matches played by Devon". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "Devon v Leicestershire, 2004 Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy". CricketArchive. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Briggs, Simon (24 December 2004). "Minor counties denied their day in sun". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- "Flower speaks at Shep Foundation dinner". www.devoncricket.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2011.
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
- E W Swanton (editor), Barclays World of Cricket, Guild, 1986
- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions