Colombo Cricket Club

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Colombo Cricket Club
Colombo Cricket Club logo1.jpeg
Personnel
Captain Sri Lanka
Coach Sri Lanka Dinesh Weerasinghe
Team information
Colours Maroon      [1]
Founded 1832; 185 years ago (1832)
Home ground Colombo Cricket Club Ground, Colombo 7
Capacity 6,000
History
Premier Trophy wins 5
Premier Limited Overs Tournament wins none
Twenty20 Tournament wins none
Official website: gymkhanaclub.lk

The Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) is a first-class cricket club in Sri Lanka. It is the oldest in the country, having been formed in 1832, and is headquartered at 31 Maitland Crescent, Colombo 7[2], close to the headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket.

History[edit]

The idea of a gentlemen's team for British colonists in Ceylon was first mooted among the patrons of the Colombo Club- a social club for the British upper class then located at the Galle Face Green (not to be confused with the 1871 club of the same name and location).[3] The beginnings of the club proper can then be traced back to a notice in the Colombo Journal of 5 September 1832, which called for "...gentlemen who may be inclined towards forming a Cricket Club..." to "...meet at the Library (located in the Pettah) at 2 o'clock precisely on the 8th instant"[4]. Sources then differ as to the exact date of the formation of the Club, some citing the 8th September[4], October[5], or November[6] of the same year, with all sources agreeing that a cricket club was formed sometime in 1832.[7] The newly-formed club was located in Slave Island, on the land that later became the Rifle Green (now the site of the Defence Services School).[7] The first officially-recorded game of cricket in the country was that between the eventual CCC and a team fielded by the 97th Regiment of the British Army stationed in Ceylon at the time, in November 1832.[7][8][9] The club soon became a hub for cricketing activity in the country, becoming the de facto governing body for cricket in Ceylon.[10]

The Colombo Club went through an expansion phase in 1863, becoming the Colombo Gymkhana Club, a parent/umbrella organisation that acted as a social club while at the same time administering a number of different sports clubs- the CCC included (alongside the CH&FC for rugby and hockey in 1892 and the Queen's Club for tennis and squash in 1899).[3][7] The CCC is thought to have been formally named with its current name sometime in 1863, and moved to Galle Face Green sometime during this period as well.[3]

In 1894, the club moved again, this time to its present address at Maitland Crescent.[7] It remained an Europeans-only club until 1962[11], and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2013[3][7].

Current squad[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Premier Trophy (5) - 1979–80, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1995–96, 2006–07

References[edit]

  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack (annual)
  1. ^ "Domestic Clubs#Colombo Cricket Club". Srilankacricket.lk. Sri Lanka Cricket. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "Colombo Cricket Club". Sri Lankans Cricketers' Association. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The 'Gymkhana' For All Reasons Celebrates Its' 150 Year Rhapsody". Serendib. Serendib Magazine/SriLankan Airlines. October 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Mangan, J.A. (2005). "Imperial Origins: Christian Manliness, Moral Imperatives and Pre-Sri Lankan Playing Fields- Beginnings". In Hong, Fan; Mangan, J.A. Sport in Asian Society: Past and present. Taylor & Francis e-Library. ISBN 0-203-49742-2. 
  5. ^ Marikar, Hafiz (1 December 2012). "Cricket in Sri Lanka during the good old days". Dailynews.lk. Daily News Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Lorgat, Haroon (20 November 2012). A New Dawn- Confidential Report for SLC Executive Committee (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Pathiravithana, S.R. (10 November 2013). "CHOGM, CCC and the cricket legacy". SundayTimes.lk. The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  8. ^ Perera, Ajith C S (2 November 2003). "A Peep in to Sri Lankan Cricket History". Thinking Cricket with Ajith C S Perera. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  9. ^ "97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot". Famous Units. National Army Museum. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Little, Charles (2012). "Cricket, Sri Lanka". In Nauright, John; Parrish, Charles. Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-59884-301-9. 
  11. ^ Gunawardena, Charles (2005). Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka (2 ed.). New Delhi: Sterling Publishers. p. 94. ISBN 9781932705485. 

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