Leicestershire County Cricket Club

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Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Leicestershire logo.jpg
One-day name: Leicestershire Foxes
Second XI: Leicestershire 2nd XI
Captain: Vacant
Coach: Australia Andrew McDonald
Overseas player(s): Australia Clint McKay
Founded: 1879-February 25th
Home ground: Grace Road
Capacity: 12,000 (expanding to 13000)
First-class debut: MCC
in 1895
at Lord's
Championship wins: 3
Pro40 wins: 2
FP Trophy wins: 0
Twenty20 Cup wins: 3
Official website: LeicestershireCCC
Grace Road cricket ground,Leicester.
The pavilion end.
The Bennett Road end.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh national cricket structure, representing the historic county of Leicestershire. It has also been representative of the county of Rutland.

Its limited overs team is called the Leicestershire Foxes. Their kit colours are red with black trim in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and black with red trim in the t20. The shirt sponsors are Oval Insurance Broking with Highcross Leicester (shopping centre) on the top reverse side of the shirt.

The club is based at Grace Road, Leicester and have also played home games at Aylestone Road in Leicester, at Hinckley, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and in Coalville inside the traditional county boundaries; and at Uppingham and Oakham over the border in Rutland.

Leicestershire are in the second divisions of the County Championship and in Group C of the Pro40 one day league. They recently finished bottom of the County Championship for the first time since the introduction of two divisions. Their best showing in recent years has been in the Twenty20 Cup with the Foxes winning the trophy three times in eight years.

Honours[edit]

First XI honours[edit]

Runners-Up (2) – 1982, 1994
Runners-up: 1972, 2001
Runners-up: 1992, 2001
Runners-up: 1974, 1998

Second XI honours[edit]

Runners-up: 1961, 1975

+ 1 Bain Hogg Trophy – 2nd 11 one day competition – 1996

History[edit]

Earliest cricket[edit]

Cricket may not have reached the county until well into the 18th century. A notice in the Leicester Journal dated 17 August 1776 is the earliest known mention of cricket in Leicestershire.

But it was only a few years after that before a Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Club was taking part in important matches, mainly against Nottingham Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). This club was prominent from 1781 until the beginning of the 19th century.

19th century[edit]

Little more is heard of Leicestershire cricket until the formation of the present club on 25 March 1879.

Essex CCC versus Leicestershire CCC at Leyton on 14, 15 & 16 May 1894 was the initial first-class match played by either club. In 1895, the County Championship was restructured into a 14-team competition with the introduction of Essex, Leicestershire and Warwickshire CCC.

Early and mid 20th century[edit]

Leicestershire's first 70 years were largely spent in lower table mediocrity, with few notable exceptions. In 1953, the motivation of secretary-captain Charles Palmer lifted the side fleetingly to third place, but most of the rest of the 1950s was spent propping up the table, or thereabouts.

Start of improvement: The late 1950s and the 1960s[edit]

Change came in the late 1950s with the recruitment of the charismatic Willie Watson at the end of a distinguished career with England and Yorkshire. Watson's run gathering sparked the home-grown Maurice Hallam into becoming one of England's best opening batsmen. In bowling, Leicestershire had an erratically successful group of seamers in Terry Spencer, Brian Boshier, John Cotton and Jack van Geloven, plus the spin of John Savage.

Another change was in the captaincy: Tony Lock, the former England and Surrey spinner who had galvanised Western Australia.

The 1970s and the first golden era[edit]

Ray Illingworth, again from Yorkshire, instilled self-belief to the extent that the county took its first ever trophy in 1972, the Benson & Hedges Cup with Chris Balderstone man of the match. This was start of the first golden era as the first of five trophies in five years and included Leicestershire's first ever County Championship title in 1975. A couple of runners up spots were also thrown in.[1]

The game when Leicestershire won their first ever County Championship, on 15 September 1975, marked something of a personal triumph for Chris Balderstone. Batting on 51 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, after close of play he changed into his football kit to play for Doncaster Rovers in an evening match 30 miles away (a 1–1 draw with Brentford). Thus he is the only player to have played League Football and first class cricket on the same day. He then returned to Chesterfield to complete a century the following morning and take three wickets to wrap up the title. To add to that season's success for Leicestershire was a second Benson & Hedges victory.[1]

The 1980s[edit]

A runners up spot in the 1982 County Championship brought some respectability, but the decade's only first class silverware was in the 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup with Balderstone still on board making him the most successful trophy winner in the club's history with six.[1]

Success in the late 1990s[edit]

Leicestershire won the county championship in 1996, and again in 1998. This was an amazing achievement considering the resources of the club compared to other county teams. This Leicestershire side, led by Jack Birkenshaw and James Whitaker, used team spirit and togetherness to get the best out of a group of players who were either discarded from other counties or brought through the Leicestershire ranks.

This team did not have many stars, but Aftab Habib, Darren Maddy, Vince Wells, Jimmy Ormond, Alan Mullally and Chris Lewis all had chances for England. West Indian all-rounder Phil Simmons was also named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the year in 1997 while playing for the club.

2000 and beyond: Twenty20 success and four-day struggles[edit]

The advent of Twenty20 cricket saw Leicestershire find a new source of success, winning the domestic T20 competition in 2004, 2006 and 2011. However, in the era of two-division County Championship cricket they have found success more difficult to come by, having not played in the top division since 2003 and been regular "wooden spoon" contenders. In 2013 and 2014 they finished without a single Championship win, the first team to achieve this unwanted feat in back to back seasons since Northamptonshire just before World War II.

Grounds[edit]

Current[edit]

Previous[edit]

Players[edit]

For more details on this topic, see List of Leicestershire CCC players.

Current squad[edit]

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
  •   *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
8 Angus Robson  Australia (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right arm leg break British passport
11 Matthew Boyce  England (1985-08-13) 13 August 1985 (age 29) Left-handed Right arm medium
Dan Redfern  England (1990-04-18) 18 April 1990 (age 24) Left-handed Right arm off break
All-rounders
10 Rob Taylor double-dagger  Scotland (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 24) Left-handed Left arm medium
19 Tom Wells  England (1993-03-15) 15 March 1993 (age 21) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
44 Ben Raine  England (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 23) Left-handed Right arm medium-fast
Wicket-Keepers
33 Ned Eckersley  England (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off break
81 Niall O'Brien double-dagger  Ireland (1981-11-08) 8 November 1981 (age 33) Left-handed
Bowlers
16 Alex Wyatt  England (1990-07-23) 23 July 1990 (age 24) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
20 James Sykes  England (1992-04-26) 26 April 1992 (age 22) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
22 Jigar Naik  England (1984-08-10) 10 August 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right arm off break
24 Ollie Freckingham  England (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
- Clint McKay double-dagger  Australia (1983-02-20) 20 February 1983 (age 31) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium Overseas registration
Rob Sayer  England (1995-01-25) 25 January 1995 (age 19) Right-handed Right arm off break
Charlie Shreck  England (1978-01-06) 6 January 1978 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium

Former captains[edit]

International players[edit]

Members of the current squad warming up

Records[edit]

Most first team winners medal for Leicestershire

  • J. C. Balderstone – 6

Batting[edit]

Best partnership for each wicket (county championship)

  • 1st – 390 B.Dudleston and J.F.Steele v Derbyshire Leicester 1979
  • 2nd – 289* J.C.Balderstone and D.I.Gower v Essex Leicester 1981
  • 3rd – 316* W.Watson and A.Wharton v Somerset Taunton 1961
  • 4th – 290* P.Willey and T.J.Boon v Warwickshire Leicester 1984
  • 5th – 322 B.F.Smith and P.V.Simmons v Nottinghamshire Worksop 1998
  • 6th – 284 P.V.Simmons and P.A.Nixon v Durham Chester-le-Street 1996
  • 7th – 219* J.D.R.Benson and P.Whitticase v Hampshire Bournemouth 1991
  • 8th – 195 JWA Taylor and JKH Naik v Derbyshire Leicester 2009
  • 9th – 160 R.T.Crawford and W.W.Odell v Worcestershire Leicester 1902
  • 10th – 228 R.Illingworth and K.Higgs v Northamptonshire Leicester 1977

Bowling[edit]

  • Most first-class wickets: 2131 by Ewart Astill
  • Most first-class wickets in a season: 170 by Jack Walsh in 1948
  • Best bowling figures in an innings: 10–18 by George Geary in 1929 against Glamorgan at Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd.
  • Best bowling figures in a match: 16–96 by George Geary in the same match.

Fielding[edit]

  • Most dismissals in an innings: 7 by Neil Burns vs Somerset at Grace Road in 2001.
  • Most dismissals in a match: 10 by Percy Corrall vs Sussex at Hove in 1936.

Sub Academy[edit]

The Leicestershire Sub Academy is designed for young cricketers who have potential to play at the highest level. It is also called the EPP (Emerging Player Programme). Many players who are involved in this set up move on to the LCCC academy, where they will play matches against academies from other counties.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Queen of the South FC - Official website". Qosfc.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  2. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 

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