Worcestershire County Cricket Club
Infobox cricket team
county = Worcestershire County Cricket Club
oneday = Worcestershire Royals
coach = flagicon|England
captain = flagicon|England
overseas1 = flagicon|AUS
Steve Magoffin(to July 10)
Fidel Edwards(from July 10)
founded = 1865
ground = New Road
fcdebutvs = Yorkshire
fcdebutyr = 1899
title1 = Championship
title1wins = 5
title2wins = 4
title3 = FP Trophy
title3wins = 1
title4wins = 0
website = [http://www.wccc.co.uk WCCC]
Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic
cricketstructure, 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.
* 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
* Twenty20 Cup (0) -
* Benson & Hedges Cup (1) - 1991
* Minor Counties Championship (3) - 1896, 1897, 1898; shared (1) - 1895
econd XI honours
* Second XI Championship (3) - 1962, 1963, 1982; shared (0) -
* Second XI Trophy (1) - 2004
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 Commonbetween 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 Elevenat 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 Edithin Herefordshire. He became involved with the club in the 1880s and helped to establish the Minor Counties Championshipwhich 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 Championshipin 1899. Worcestershire CCC played its initial first-class match "versus" Yorkshire CCCon 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 theorybowling, took over 1,500 wickets for the county and was a Test standard player in an otherwise fourth-rate team. In Cyril Waltersand 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 Howorthand Reg Perksin 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 Dowtyand 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 Coldwelland Basil D'Oliveira. The following decade, the New Zealander Glenn Turnerwas instrumental in Worcestershire's third championship. In the 1980s, the prodigious batting feats of Graeme Hickand the arrival of Ian Bothampaved 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. [cite web | url=http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Records/England/Firstclass/Worcestershire/Team_Records/Largest_Defeat_by_Innings.html | title=Largest Margin of Innings Defeat | accessdate=2007-05-14 | publisher=
CricketArchive] 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. [cite web | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/6985924.stm | title=Worcestershire clinch Pro40 title | date= 2007-09-13| accessdate=2007-09-14 | publisher= BBC Sport]
County caps awarded
:"Note: Worcestershire no longer award traditional caps, instead awarding "colours" on a player's Championship debut."
Most first-class wickets for Worcestershire
Qualification - 1000 wickets [http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Records/England/Firstclass/Worcestershire/Bowling_Records/Most_Career_Wickets.html]
*Highest team total: 701/6 declared v Surrey, Worcester, 2007
*Lowest team total: 24 v Yorkshire,
*Highest individual innings: 405* by
Graeme Hickv 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 Rootv Lancashire, Worcester, 1931
*Best bowling in a match: 15-87 by
Arthur Conwayv Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh, 1914
*Most wickets in a season: 207 by Fred Root, 1925
Highest partnership for each wicket
*1st: 309 by
Frederick Bowleyand Harry Fosterv Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derby, 1901
*2nd: 316 by
Stephen Mooreand Vikram Solankiv Gloucestershire, Cheltenham 2008
*3rd: 438* by
Graeme Hickand Tom Moodyv Hampshire, Southampton, 1997
*4th: 330 by Ben Smith and
Graeme Hickv Somerset, Taunton, 2006
*5th: 393 by
Ted Arnoldand William Burns v Warwickshire, Birmingham, 1909
*6th: 265 by
Graeme Hickand Steve Rhodesv Somerset, Taunton, 1988
*7th: 256 by
David Leatherdaleand Steve Rhodesv Nottinghamshire, Nottingham, 2002
*8th: 184 by
Steve Rhodesand Stuart Lampittv Derbyshire, Kidderminster, 1991
*9th: 181 by
John Cuffeand Robert Burrowsv Gloucestershire, Worcester, 1907
*10th: 119 by William Burns and
George Alfred Wilsonv Somerset, Worcester, 1906
*Highest team total: 404/3 in 60 overs vs Devon, Worcester, 1987
*Lowest team total: 70 all out in 22 overs vs Gloucestershire, Worcester, 2002
*Highest individual innings: 180* by
Tom Moodyvs Surrey, The Oval, 1994
*Best bowling: 7-19 by
Neal Radfordvs Bedfordshire, Bedford, 1991
Worcestershire Facts and Feats
* No fewer than seven Foster brethren represented Worcestershire during the period 1899–1934, with six appearing during the seasons 1908-11. The full list, with Worcestershire careers in brackets is: BS (1902-11), GN (1903-14), HK (1899–1925), MK (1908-34), NJA (1914-23), RE (1899–1912) and WL (1899–1911). Not surprisingly the county became known as 'Fostershire'.
* 29 year old batsman Worcestershire batsman
Maurice Nicholdied on the night of the rest day in the match against Essex at Chelmsford in 1934. He was known to have a heart weakness after a bout of pneumonia two years before. A minute's silence was observed before start of play on the Monday and the players wore black armbands. C.F. Walters, Nichol's captain, stroked an elegant century. Suggestions of 'horse play' were quickly debunked with a bruise on Nichol's chest explained by a blow from a ball.
Cyril Waltersmade a record 9 centuries in a season for Worcestershire in 1933. Although he only averaged 30.75 in first-class cricket, he boasted an impressive 52.27 in Tests.
Reg Perkstook 9 wickets in an innings, for the second time, against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. His 9 for 42 could have been even better as the last batsman was dropped off his bowling. He took a record 2143 for Worcestershire.
* [http://www.wccc.co.uk/club_history.html Worcestershire CCC history]
* [http://cricketarchive.co.uk/Archive/Grounds/11/grounds_for_country_11.html Grounds in England] from
CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 December 2006.
* [http://www.wccc.co.uk Worcestershire County Cricket Club]
* 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
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