Durham County Cricket Club
Durham County Cricket Club One-day name: Durham Dynamos Coach: Geoff Cook Captain: Phil Mustard Founded: 1882 Home ground: Riverside Ground Capacity: 15,000 First-class debut: Leicestershire in 1992 at The Racecourse Championship wins: 2 Pro40 wins: 1 FP Trophy wins: 1 Twenty20 Cup wins: 0 Official website: DurhamCCC
Durham County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh national cricket structure, representing the historic county of Durham. Its limited overs team is called the Durham Dynamos. Their kit colours are blue with yellow trim and the shirt sponsor was Northern Rock until its nationalisation in 2008. Durham is now sponsored by several companies, including Emirates.
The club is based at the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street.
Granted first-class status in 1991, Durham is English cricket's newest first-class county. The County Ground at the Riverside is also one of the newest additions to the English Test match circuit, hosting its first match – England v Zimbabwe in the second Test – from 5 June to 7 June 2003.
Durham won the County Championship in 2008 for the first time, and retained the trophy in the 2009 season.
- 1 History
- 2 Ground History
- 3 Players
- 4 Honours
- 5 Records
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External sources
- 9 Further reading
Earliest cricket in Durham
Cricket probably did not reach Durham until the 18th century. The earliest reference is a game at Raby Castle on or soon after 5 August 1751 between the Earl of Northumberland’s XI and the Duke of Cleveland’s XI. The game was commemorated by a ballad which starts:
- Durham City has been dull so long,
- No bustle at all to show;
- But now the rage of all the throng
- Is at cricketing to go.
As it happens, there was a return game soon afterwards at Stanwick, near Richmond, and that is the earliest reference to cricket in Yorkshire.
The first recorded match of representative cricket in the county took place in 1848 at Sunderland, between an All England XII and a Bishopwearmouth 22. Despite their extra numbers the cricketers of Bishopwearmouth were comprehensively outplayed as All England's scores of 129 and 143 dwarfed their own 56 and 59.
The first team to carry the name of 'Durham County' played an MCC team in 1876 and went on to take on the touring Australians in 1878, winning by 71 runs, and again in 1880, losing by an innings and 38, with the great Fred Spofforth taking 17 wickets for 66.
Origin of club
Durham CCC was founded as an official entity on 23 May 1882, and the nascent club played its first competitive match on 12 June of that year, beating Northumberland by 4 wickets at the Ashbrooke Ground, Sunderland. The club established an enviable record as a minor county: becoming the first minor county to beat a first-class county in the Gillette Cup; winning the Minor Counties Championship a record-equalling seven times between 1901 and 1984; and putting together a record of 65 matches without defeat between 1976 and 1982 that remains unbroken to the present day.
Durham as a first-class county
Early in 1989, the Club began the process of applying to become a first-class cricketing county and join the County Championship. First-class status was awarded on 6 December 1991, with Durham becoming the first new first-class county for 70 years. Their first season in the County Championship was the 1992 season.
For over a decade after gaining their status, Durham were not distinguished by marked success as a first-class county. In the 2004 season they finished bottom of the two-division County Championship, sixth out of ten teams in the one-day National Cricket League and fifth out of six teams in the Northern Division of the Twenty20 Cup.
However in 2005 under the captaincy of Australian Mike Hussey Durham finished second and achieved promotion in both the County Championship and the one-day National Cricket League. Hussey was prevented from returning to the Riverside in 2006 as he is contracted to the Australian international team; and with vice-captain Paul Collingwood away on English international team duty Dale Benkenstein was captain for 2006.
Durham had mixed success in the 2006 season, finishing second in the North Division of the C&G Trophy. However, Durham were poor in the Twenty20 cup, finishing last in the North Division and only managing 2 victories, both against Lancashire. The Pro40 campaign started fairly well, with Durham taking 4 points from the first 4 games with a win, a loss, a tie and a no result. However, several defeats left them needing a win against the champions elect, Essex, in the final game of the season. They managed the victory, but other results did not go their way and they ended up being relegated in 8th place. The Championship season also began with success, but mediocre results in the middle of the season left Durham hanging above the relegation zone by just half a point going into the last game of the season. Durham needed more points than their rivals Yorkshire, but looked in trouble when Darren Lehmann hit a career-best 339 in the first innings. Achieving just one bowling bonus point meant that Durham needed to score 400 without losing more than 5 wickets and then draw the game.
However, one other team could also be relegated. Nottinghamshire needed just 3 points to avoid the drop at the start of the matches, but only managed 1 point as they were soundly beaten by Sussex. This meant that Durham needed only to score 400 (for maximum batting points) and force a draw. At 191–6 this looked unlikely. But a record-breaking stand of 315 between Benkenstein and Ottis Gibson made it possible. Gibson was out for 155, the highest first-class score in his career. Durham then collapsed again to 518 all out, needing work to be done in the second innings. This was provided by Garry Park, who hit a maiden first-class century (100*) as Durham played out a draw, leaving themselves and Yorkshire in the first division.
In recent times, Durham has seen a number of their top players make an impact on the England side. Collingwood (who is the first Durham CCC player to hit a Test century and double century), Steve Harmison and Liam Plunkett have all established themselves in the national squad with Phil Mustard also representing England in the one day format. The recent addition of Graham Onions to the test side for the home series against the West Indies in 2009 may be a sign that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future and is an indication of Durham's admirable youth system.
For the 2011 season, Durham County Cricket Club wished to return to a more traditional arrangement and have insisted on a smart dress code including jackets for gentlemen at all games.
Friends Provident Trophy 2007
During the 2007 season the club won its first major trophy, the Friends Provident Trophy, by beating the 2005 winners Hampshire Hawks in a game which started on 18 finishing a day later due to rain. The toss between Dale Benkenstein and Shane Warne was won by the latter who sent Durham into bat. Fellow Aussie Michael Di Venuto and wicket-keeper Phil Mustard opened the batting. Mustard looked strong from ball 1 but Di Venuto was a little shaky and was dismissed by Hampshire's West Indies international Daren Powell and caught by Michael Carberry. Ex-Scotland u-19 captain Kyle Coetzer and Shiv Chanderpaul made significant contributions (61 and 78 respectively), the latter being run-out. Captain Benkenstein made a quickfire 61 off 43 deliveries. Durham finished their innings on 312–5.
Michael Lumb and ex-captain John Crawley opened for the Hawks, the latter departing for a golden duck, caught at second slip by Di Venuto. Zimbabwean Sean Ervine was next in, immediately edging to second slip in identical fashion leaving Ottis Gibson on a hat-trick. Kevin Pietersen survived that ball, but was soon back in the pavilion with 12. John Crawley managed a resilient 68 but was bowled by Paul Collingwood who was to finish with 3–33. The rain came down and play was delayed until the following day.
With the fall of Nic Pothas (47) and Dimitri Mascarenhas (12) the tail was exposed and was quickly disposed of with Hampshire finishing on 187, handing Durham a historic win. Veteran Ottis Gibson was named man of the match for his spell of 3–24 at the start of the Hampshire innings, which included wickets with his first two deliveries.
County Championship wins
In September 2008, Durham claimed their first County Championship by winning their final match of the season at Canterbury, against Kent. Durham won the match by an innings, condemning Kent to be relegated, and moving 8 points clear of runners up, Nottinghamshire. Twelve months later they retained their title defeating Nottinghamshire by an innings and 52 runs at a sun soaked Riverside Ground in front of 5,000 jubilant supporters.
The club's acceptance into first-class cricket was made conditional on the building of a new Test match-standard cricket ground. Work began on the new ground at the Riverside, a spectacular location overlooked by Lumley Castle, in 1990, and the ground hosted its first game, Durham v Warwickshire, on 18 May 1995.
Development of the Riverside Ground has continued until the present day, and in 2003 the Riverside Ground was raised to Test match status. As of 2010 the ground has been used for four England Test matches, against Zimbabwe in 2003, Bangladesh in 2005 and two against West Indies in June 2007 and May 2009. The Ground will also host one of the Ashes Test Matches in 2013.
Name of ground Location Year FC
Total Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street 1995–present 102 124 15 241 Feethams Darlington 1964–2003 10 14 0 24 Grangefield Road Stockton-on-Tees 1992–2006 12 11 0 23 The Racecourse Durham City 1992–1994 11 7 0 18 Park Drive Hartlepool 1992–2000 8 9 0 17 Ropery Lane Chester-le-Street 1967–1994 3 7 0 10 Eastwood Gardens Gateshead Fell 1992–1994 4 2 0 6 Green Lane Durham City 1979 0 1 0 1 Source:cricketarchive
Updated: 8 April 2008
Since Durham's induction as a first-class county, each player has been allocated a unique squad number. The first 11 numbers were allocated in batting order from the club's first game, and subsequent numbers have been chosen by each individual player.
Players with international caps are listed in bold.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes Batsmen 23 Michael Di Venuto 12 December 1973 Left-handed Right arm medium pace 12 David Miller 10 June 1989 Left-handed Right arm off break Playing T20s only 24 Gordon Muchall 2 November 1982 Right-handed Right arm medium pace 2 Will Smith 28 September 1982 Right-handed Right arm off break 26 Mark Stoneman 26 June 1987 Left-handed — All-rounders 44 Dale Benkenstein 9 June 1974 Right-handed Right arm medium pace/
37 Ian Blackwell 10 June 1978 Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 16 Scott Borthwick 19 April 1990 Right-handed Right arm leg break 70 Gareth Breese 9 January 1976 Right-handed Right arm off break 5 Paul Collingwood 26 May 1976 Right-handed Right arm medium pace Ben Raine 14 September 1991 Left-handed Right arm medium-fast 38 Ben Stokes 4 June 1991 Left-handed Right arm medium Wicket-keepers 19 Phil Mustard 8 October 1982 Left-handed — 18 Michael Richardson 4 October 1986 Right-handed — Bowlers 25 Mitchell Claydon 25 November 1982 Left-handed Right arm fast-medium 4 Mark Davies 4 October 1980 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 10 Steve Harmison 23 October 1978 Right-handed Right arm fast 9 Graham Onions 9 September 1982 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 20 Liam Plunkett 6 April 1985 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 22 Chris Rushworth 11 July 1986 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium 36 Callum Thorp 11 February 1975 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast Mark Wood 11 January 1990 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast 8 Ruel Brathwaite 6 September 1985 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium
First XI honours
- County Championship: 2
- 2008, 2009
- Sunday/Pro 40/National League: 0
- Gillette/NatWest/C&G/Friends Provident Trophy: 1
- Twenty20 Cup: 0
- Benson & Hedges Cup: 0
- Minor Counties Championship: 7
- 1895 (shared), 1900 (shared), 1901, 1926, 1930, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1984
- MCCA Knockout Trophy: 1
Second XI honours
- Second XI Championship: 1
- Second XI Trophy: 0
- Durham County Cricket Club seasons
- Dynamo (disambiguation)
- ^ Durham v Leicestershire in 1992 Cricket Archive; 2007; accessed 18 April 2008
- ^ http://www.cricinfo.com/durham/content/current/team/924.html?template=fixtures&season=2010
- Official Durham County Cricket Club website
- BBC Wear – Riverside Cricket Ground interactive 360° Panorama
- BBC Wear – DCCC celebrate with the County Championship Trophy 2008
- Scorecard from the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy Final
- Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
- Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
- Simon Hughes, From Minor to Major: Durham's First Year in the Championship, Hodder & Stoughton, 1992, ISBN 0-340-58234-0
- Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
- Wisden Cricketers Almanack – various editions
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