County Cricket in History

Events in Sport

  • 1865-07-22 Underarm slow right arm bowler V E Walker takes 10-104 in an innings for Middlesex v Lancashire in a county cricket match at Old Trafford, Manchester
  • 1890-05-12 First official County Cricket Championship match begins; Yorkshire beats Gloucestershire by 8 wickets at Bristol; James Cranston scores first century (101) in the competition
  • 1900-07-25 Gloucestershire captain Gilbert Jessop hits his second century (139 in 95 minutes) before lunch in same County Cricket match (104 previous day); Yorkshire wins by 40 runs
  • 1902-07-15 Indian born England Test batsman K S Ranjitsinhji scores 180 before lunch for Sussex v Surrey in a county cricket match at Hastings; finishes unbeaten on 234
  • 1935-05-14 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club gains (over Somerset at Taunton by 48 runs) what proved to be their last victory for 99 matches, a record in the County Championship. Their next Championship win was not until May 29, 1939.
  • 1966-05-15 1st day of Sunday play in County Cricket, Essex v Somerset
  • 1988-04-21 1st four-day games in County Cricket Championship commence
  • 1990-07-27 Tom Moody scores 100 in 26 mins in county cricket, world record

Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?Cricket's T20 is Born. Howzat!?

2003-06-13 English county cricket teams play the 1st official Twenty20 matches

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Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
Legendary cricketer WG Grace plays forward with his typical straight bat in 1878
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Birthdays in Sport

  • 1925-04-13 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), born in Elton, Huntingdonshire (d. 2004)
  • 1932-01-29 Raman Subba Row, CEO (Test/County Cricket Board)
  • 1952-07-16 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), born in Armley, Yorkshire, England (d. 2000)
  • 1978-08-10 Chris Read, English cricketer and captain of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, born in Paignton, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 2000-01-11 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • 2004-04-08 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78

Famous Cricketers