Cumberland County Cricket Club
Cumberland County Cricket Club is one of twenty minor county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. Originally, it represented the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. It now represents the ceremonial county of Cumbria, as defined by the Lieutenancies Act 1997. Cumbria was first created in 1974 as an administrative county by combining the traditional counties of Cumberland and Westmorland along with Furness (formerly a district in Lancashire) and a small part of north-west Yorkshire.
The team is currently a member of the Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division and plays in the MCCA Knockout Trophy. Cumberland played List A matches occasionally from 1984 until 2004 but is not classified as a List A team per se.
The club is based at the Edenside Ground, Carlisle and also plays matches around Cumbria at various places including Workington, Penrith, Netherfield Cricket Club Ground in Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness. Carlisle, Workington and Penrith are all in the traditional county of Cumberland; Kendal is in the traditional county of Westmorland; and Barrow is traditionally in the Furness district of Lancashire.
- Minor Counties Championship (3) - 1986, 1999; 2015 shared (0) -
- MCCA Knockout Trophy (2) - 1989, 2012
Cricket probably reached Cumberland and Westmorland during the 18th century. The earliest references to cricket in the region are in 1827 (Westmorland) and 1828 (Cumberland). According to Rowland Bowen's researches, there was reportedly an informal county club in Westmorland about 1835. It is known that a county organisation was established on 2 January 1884.
Origin of club
The present club was founded fairly recently, on 10 April 1948 as the "Cumberland and Westmorland County Cricket Club". The "and Westmorland" was dropped when the side was admitted to the Minor Counties Championship for the 1955 season.
Cumberland has won the Minor Counties Championship three times, in 1986, 1999 and 2015.
Cumberland has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy once since its inception in 1983. It won in 1989.
The following Cumberland cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game:
- "List A events played by Cumberland". CricketArchive. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
- Bowen, p. 270.
- Bowen, p. 290.
- 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
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