Worcestershire County Cricket Club
|Worcestershire County Cricket Club|
|One-day name:||Worcestershire Royals|
|Home ground:||New Road|
|FP Trophy wins:||1|
|Twenty20 Cup wins:||0|
Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Worcestershire. Its limited overs team is called the Worcestershire Royals, although unofficially the county is known by some fans as "the Pears".
The club is based at New Road, Worcester.
First XI honours 
- County Championship (5) – 1964, 1965, 1974, 1988, 1989
- Division Two (1) – 2003
- Gillette/NatWest/C&G/Friends Provident Trophy (1) – 1994
- Sunday/Pro 40 League (4) – 1971, 1987, 1988, 2007
- Benson & Hedges Cup (1) – 1991
- Minor Counties Championship (3) – 1896, 1897, 1898; shared (1) – 1895
Second XI honours 
- Second XI Championship (3) - 1962, 1963, 1982
- Second XI Trophy (1) - 2004
Earliest cricket 
Cricket must have reached Worcestershire by the 18th century but surprisingly the earliest reference to cricket in the county is as late as 1829.
A match on 28 August 1844 at Hartlebury Common between Worcestershire and Shropshire is the earliest known instance of a county team in Worcestershire. Two years later, XXII of Worcestershire played William Clarke's All-England Eleven at Powick Hams.
Origin of the club 
Worcestershire CCC was formed on 4 March 1865 at the Star Hotel in Worcester.
The club owes much to Paul Foley who was from a family of iron masters in Stourbridge. He also owned an agricultural estate at Stoke Edith in Herefordshire. He became involved with the club in the 1880s and helped to establish the Minor Counties Championship which began in 1895. Worcestershire shared the inaugural title with Durham and Norfolk before winning outright in 1896, 1897 and 1898.
With this success behind it, the club applied for first-class status and entered the County Championship in 1899. Worcestershire CCC played its initial first-class match versus Yorkshire CCC on 4, 5 & 6 May 1899.
The first-class county 
The inclusion of Worcestershire increased the County Championship to 15 teams. At first they performed moderately despite the superb batting of Tip Foster, who could rarely play after 1901. Weak bowling on perfect New Road pitches was responsible for this, but in 1907 when Tip Foster played regularly for three months their batting, considering the difficulty of the pitches, was among the finest of any county team. Their best performance that year was an innings of 567 on a somewhat difficult pitch against Fielder and Blythe of Kent CCC. After that year, however, the batting was never strong enough to make up for woefully weak bowling.
Worcestershire were so weak the club could not compete in the Championship in 1919, and their form in 1920 – when they lost three successive games by an innings and over 200 runs – was probably the worst of any county side. Their form, with one remarkable exception, was woeful up to the early thirties. Fred Root, one of the first exponents of leg theory bowling, took over 1,500 wickets for the county and was a Test standard player in an otherwise fourth-rate team. In Cyril Walters and the Nawab of Pataudi the team acquired its first class batsmen since the Fosters, but both had to give up the game after playing brilliantly in 1933 – when the bowling was briefly very weak.
The emergence of Dick Howorth and Reg Perks in the 1930s, however, was built up so well that by 1947 Worcestershire were sufficiently strong in bowling to be competitive at county level even if their batting was not adequate for high honours. Roly Jenkins, with 183 wickets in 1949, gave them briefly the best attack in county cricket, but they soon declined again and their form in the 1950s was indifferent at best.
Their first period of great success came in the 1960s under the Presidency of Sir George Dowty and the captaincy of Don Kenyon, when the county won two County Championships thanks to the achievements of such players as Norman Gifford, Tom Graveney, Jack Flavell, Len Coldwell and Basil D'Oliveira. The following decade, the New Zealander Glenn Turner was instrumental in Worcestershire's third championship. In the 1980s, the prodigious batting feats of Graeme Hick and the arrival of Ian Botham paved the way for two more county titles.
In 2006, Worcestershire won promotion to the first division of the Championship on the last day of the season by beating Northamptonshire while their rivals for second promotion spot, Essex, lost to Leicestershire. However, their 2007 season began badly, including an innings-and-260-run loss to Yorkshire, Worcestershire's worst innings defeat since 1934. A flood-hit season inflicted serious financial damage, and on-field results in the Championship gave little cheer as Worcestershire were relegated. However, in the Pro40 First Division things were very different, and victory over Gloucestershire in mid-September brought the title to New Road, the county's first trophy since 1994.
2008 saw Worcestershire promoted back to Division One. 2009, however, proved disastrous in first-class cricket, with Worcestershire finishing bottom of the First Division without a single victory, the first time the county had failed to win a Championship match since 1928.
Following a win on the last day of the season against Sussex, Worcestershire were promoted back to Division One in 2010
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|27||Daryl Mitchell||25 November 1983||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||Club captain|
|5||Alexei Kervezee||11 September 1989||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|8||Moeen Ali||18 June 1987||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|26||Jack Manuel||13 February 1991||Left-handed||Right arm off break|
|19||Matthew Pardoe||5 January 1991||Left-handed||Left arm medium pace|
|20||Neil Pinner||28 September 1990||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|14||Gareth Andrew||27 December 1983||Left-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|28||Shaaiq Choudhry||3 November 1985||Right-handed||Slow Left arm Orthodox|
|22||Aneesh Kapil||3 August 1993||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|23||Joe Leach||30 October 1990||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|15||Brett D'Oliveira||28 February 1992||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
|10||Ben Cox||2 February 1992||Right-handed||—|
|Michael Johnson||11 August 1988||Right-handed||—|
|9||Alan Richardson||6 May 1975||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|25||Richard Jones||6 November 1986||Right-handed||Right arm medium-fast|
|11||Jack Shantry||29 January 1988||Left-handed||Left arm medium pace|
|6||David Lucas||19 August 1978||Right-handed||Left arm medium-fast|
|18||Chris Russell||16 February 1989||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
|12||Nick Harrison||3 February 1992||Right-handed||Right arm fast-medium|
Notable past players 
||This list of "famous" or "notable" persons has no clear inclusion or exclusion criteria. Please help to define clear inclusion criteria and edit the list to contain only subjects that fit those criteria. (May 2013)|
County caps awarded 
- Note: Worcestershire no longer award traditional caps, instead awarding "colours" on a player's Championship debut.
This section gives details of every venue at which Worcestershire have hosted at least one match at first-class or List A level. Figures show the number of Worcestershire matches only played at the grounds listed, and do not include abandoned games. Note that the locations given are current; in some cases grounds now in other counties lie within the traditional boundaries of Worcestershire. The table is correct to the end of the 2009 season.
Haden Hill Park in Old Hill, West Midlands, was due to host a Benson & Hedges Cup match in 1988. However, this was abandoned without a ball being bowled and no other major cricket has been played at the ground, so it is not included in the table.
|Name of ground||Location||First-class span||Worcs f-c matches||List A span||Worcs LA matches|
|Bournville Cricket Ground||Bournville, Birmingham||1910–1911||2||N/A||0|
|Chain Wire Club Ground||Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire||1980||1||N/A||0|
|Chester Road North Ground||Kidderminster, Worcestershire||1921–2008||68||1969–2008||5|
|Evesham Cricket Club Ground||Evesham, Worcestershire||1951||1||N/A||0|
|New Road (County Ground)||Worcester||1899–2009||1,072||1963–2009||425|
|Seth Somers Park||Halesowen, West Midlands||1964–1969||2||N/A||0|
|Tipton Road||Dudley, West Midlands||1911–1971||88||1969–1977||14|
|War Memorial Athletic Ground||Stourbridge, West Midlands||1905–1981||61||1969–1982||3|
|Worcester Royal Grammar School Ground
Most first-class runs for Worcestershire
Most first-class wickets for Worcestershire
- Highest team total: 701/6 declared v Surrey, Worcester, 2007
- Lowest team total: 24 v Yorkshire, Huddersfield, 1903
- Highest individual innings: 405* by Graeme Hick v Somerset, Taunton, 1988
- Most runs in a season: 2,654 by Harold Gibbons, 1934
- Most runs in a career: 34,490 by Don Kenyon, 1946–1967
- Best bowling in an innings: 9–23 by Fred Root v Lancashire, Worcester, 1931
- Best bowling in a match: 15–87 by Arthur Conway v Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh, 1914
- Most wickets in a season: 207 by Fred Root, 1925
Highest partnership for each wicket 
- 1st: 309 by Frederick Bowley and Harry Foster v Derbyshire, Derby, 1901
- 2nd: 316 by Stephen Moore and Vikram Solanki v Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2008
- 3rd: 438* by Graeme Hick and Tom Moody v Hampshire, Southampton, 1997
- 4th: 330 by Ben Smith and Graeme Hick v Somerset, Taunton, 2006
- 5th: 393 by Ted Arnold and William Burns v Warwickshire, Birmingham, 1909
- 6th: 265 by Graeme Hick and Steve Rhodes v Somerset, Taunton, 1988
- 7th: 256 by David Leatherdale and Steve Rhodes v Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, 2002
- 8th: 184 by Steve Rhodes and Stuart Lampitt v Derbyshire, Kidderminster, 1991
- 9th: 181 by John Cuffe and Robert Burrows v Gloucestershire, Worcester, 1907
- 10th: 119 by William Burns and George Alfred Wilson v Somerset, Worcester, 1906
List A 
- Highest team total: 404/3 in 60 overs vs Devon, Worcester, 1987
- Lowest team total: 58 all out in 20.3 overs vs Ireland, Worcester, 2009
- Highest individual innings: 180* by Tom Moody vs Surrey, The Oval, 1994
- Best bowling: 7–19 by Neal Radford vs Bedfordshire, Bedford, 1991
"Fostershire" was a name jocularly applied to Worcestershire County Cricket Club in the early part of the 20th century, shortly after the county had achieved first-class status and admission into the English County Championship (in 1899). The name came from the fact that no fewer than seven brothers from this one family played for Worcestershire during this period, three of whom captained the club at some point. No fewer than seven Foster brethren represented Worcestershire during the period 1899–1934, with six appearing during the seasons 1908–11.
- "Largest Margin of Innings Defeat". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2007-05-14.
- "Worcestershire clinch Pro40 title". BBC Sport. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- "Davies bows out with Durham draw". BBC Sport. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
- Four other List A matches, all involving Worcestershire Cricket Board, have been played at Kidderminster.
- One other first-class match, a 1972 England v Rest of England Test trial, has been played at New Road.
- Three One Day Internationals have also been played at New Road: West Indies v Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup, and Australia v Scotland and Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe in the 1999 World Cup. The 2003 C&G Trophy game between Worcestershire Cricket Board and Worcestershire is included in this figure, although it was technically a Worcs CB home fixture.
- One other first-class match, between HK Foster's XI and the Australian Imperial Forces, has been played at the Racecourse Ground.
Further reading 
- H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
- Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951
- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers' Almanack – various editions
- Worcestershire County Cricket Club Official Website
- Worcestershire CCC history
- Grounds in England from CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2006.
- Worcestershire CCC Fans' Forum