- Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club
Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club is one of the county clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic
cricketstructure, representing the historic county of Cambridgeshireand playing in the Minor Counties Championshipand the MCCA Knockout Trophy.
The club is based at
The Avenue Sports Club, March, though they have played a number of matches at Fenner's, Cambridge University's ground, and occasionally play games there still. In recent years, matches have also been held at Wisbechand Saffron Walden(in northeastern Essex).
Minor Countiesplay three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, the club competes in the Eastern Division of the Minor Counties Championship.
* Minor Counties Championship (1) - 1963; shared (0) -
* MCCA Knockout Trophy (2) - 1995, 2003
Cricket must have reached Cambridgeshire in the 17th century. The earliest reference to the game being played there is at Cambridge University in 1710.
Outside the university, the earliest reference is a game in 1758 between the parishes of Saffron Walden and Cambridge.
Origin of club
Cambridge Town Club and Cambridgeshire were effectively the same team as the town club teams were representative of the county as a whole. The town club first featured in a game against Cambridge University in 1819 and the county name was first used against Surrey in 1857.
The town club must have been formed sometime before 1819 and it seems that this evolved into the original county club which was founded on
13 March 1844.
From 1857 until 1871, the county was accorded first-class status. However, the club itself was dissolved in 1869 (according to "James Lillywhite's Cricketers' Companion" of that year). Two first-class matches arranged in 1869 and 1871 involved playing members of the former club and the team in both these games was called Cambridgeshire by the sources (e.g., "Wisden").
The club played 39 first-class matches in all, winning 13, losing 21 and drawing 5. The most successful season was 1864, when all 3 matches played were won. The regular home ground was
Fenner's. Thomas Hayward made most first-class appearances, playing in 35 of the matches. He also made most runs, 1934 at 33.34, and scored two of the four centuries made for the county, both in 1861. He and Robert Carpenter put on 212 for the 3rd wicket against Surrey at The Oval in 1861, both scoring centuries. This was the highest partnership for the county. George Tarranttook most wickets: 197 at 12.25, plus a further 22 wickets for which the runs conceded are not known. He had match figures of 15-56 against Kent at Chatham in 1862, including 8-16 in an innings. He also took 8-45 in an innings against Surrey at Fenner's the same year. ["The Wisden Book of County Cricket", by Christopher Martin-Jenkins and Frank Warwick, Queen Anne Press, 1981, pp436-440.]
In the early 1860s, Carpenter and Hayward were rated as the finest batsmen in England.
Richard Daftwas among those ranking them as equal first, but George Parr reckoned Carpenter the better of the two. [Simon Wilde, "Number One: The World's Best Batsmen and Bowlers", Victor Gollancz, 1998, ISBN 978-0-575-06453-9, p49.]
The present club was founded on
6 June 1891.
Cambridgeshire first took part in the Minor Counties Championship in the competition's fourth season, 1898, and has competed every season since with the exception of 1902 and 1920. It has won the Minor Counties Championship once, in 1963.
Cambridgeshire has won the
MCCA Knockout Trophytwice since its inception in 1983. It won in 1995 and 2003.
The following Cambridgeshire cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game:
* [http://uk.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/NATIONAL/ENG/MINOR/MCCA/ Minor Counties Cricket Association Official Site]
* [http://cambcounty.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp Cambridgeshire CCC site]
* [http://www.cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Grounds/11/619.html CricketArchive page on The Avenue Sports Club Ground, March]
* [http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/CB016AA6-C35C-4EAC-AC8C-E3C630131083/0/HandlistofrecordsrelatingtoSport.pdf Records Relating to Sport at the County Record Office, Cambridge]
Rowland Bowen, "Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development", Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volumes 4-11 (1849-1870)", Lillywhite, 1862-79
E W Swanton(editor), "Barclays World of Cricket", Guild, 1986
Playfair Cricket Annual– various editions
Wisden Cricketers Almanack– various editions
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