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Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Worcestershire. Its Vitality Blast T20 team - who are the defending champions after claiming their first title in 2018 - has been rebranded the Worcestershire Rapids, but the county is known by most fans as ’the Pears’. The club is based at New Road, Worcester. Founded in 1865, Worcestershire held minor status at first and was a prominent member of the early Minor Counties Championship in the 1890s, winning the competition three times. In 1899, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to first-class status.[1] Since then, Worcestershire have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

Honours

First XI honours

  • County Championship (5) – 1964, 1965, 1974, 1988, 1989
Division Two (1) – 2003, 2017
  • Gillette/NatWest/C&G/Friends Provident Trophy (1) – 1994
  • Vitality T20 Blast (1) – 2018
  • Sunday/Pro 40 League (4) – 1971, 1987, 1988, 2007
  • Benson & Hedges Cup (1) – 1991
  • Minor Counties Championship (3) – 1896, 1897, 1898; shared (1) – 1895

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (3) – 1962, 1963, 1982
  • Second XI Trophy (1) – 2004

History

Earliest cricket

Cricket may have been played in Worcestershire during the 18th century, however the earliest reference to cricket in the county is 1829[2] and the county cricket club was not formed until 1865.[3]

A match on 28 August 1844 at Hartlebury Common between 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 Eleven at Powick Hams.[4]

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 Edith in Herefordshire. He became involved with the club in the 1880s and helped to establish the Minor Counties Championship which 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 Championship in 1899. Worcestershire CCC played its initial first-class match versus Yorkshire CCC on 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 theory bowling, took over 1,500 wickets for the county and was a Test standard player in an otherwise fourth-rate team. In Cyril Walters and 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 Howorth and Reg Perks in 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 Dowty and 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 Coldwell and Basil D'Oliveira. They were also losing finalist in the first ever Gillette Cup Final in 1963 - the inaugural limited overs knockout competition in England.[5] In 1971 Worcestershire won their first ever Sunday League title thanks largely to the bowling of Vanburn Holder and the New Zealander Glenn Turner was instrumental in Worcestershire's third championship win in 1974. In the 1980s, the prodigious batting feats of Graeme Hick and the arrival of Ian Botham paved the way for two more county titles in 1988 and 1989 - the same year in which they beat the touring Australians inside two days.[6] Worcestershire also won the Sunday League in 1987 and 1988.

Worcestershire's success continued into the 1990s, with a first ever success in the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1991, following final defeats in 1973, 1976 and 1990. Captained by Phil Neale, the Pears beat Lancashire by 65 runs in the final at Lord's, gaining revenge for defeat against Lancashire in the previous year's competition.[7] Worcestershire's next title came in 1994 when they won the Natwest Trophy, beating arch-rivals Warwickshire in the final.[8] Not only did they avenge their defeat at the hands of Warwickshire in the B&H Cup Final earlier that summer but it was also their first success in the competition after three previous final defeats. Worcestershire's best showing in the County Championship came in 1993 when they finished second to Middlesex. Worcestershire finished 15th in 1999, the final year of single division County Championship cricket, meaning they would start the new millennium in Division Two.

The modern day (2000–present)

Worcestershire failed to gain promotion in 2000, despite overseas signing Glenn McGrath taking 76 Championship wickets at an average of 13.77.[9] In 2003, Worcestershire were promoted to County Championship Division One for the first time after winning the Division Two title.[10] Worcestershire also reached the final of the Cheltenham & Gloucester trophy, beating Lancashire in a memorable semi-final at New Road on 9 August 2003.[11] There was disappointment in the Lord's final, though, as Worcestershire lost by seven wickets and the Pears were also relegated from Division One of the National League. 2004 was a yo-yo year with Worcestershire relegated in the County Championship, promoted back to Division One in the rebranded totesport League and losing finalists again in the C&G Trophy. Vikram Solanki scored centuries in both the semi-final win against Warwickshire[12] and the final against Gloucestershire, but the 'Gladiators' won by eight wickets at Lord's.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] The feat was all the more remarkable for the fact that every one of Worcestershire's games was played away from their New Road home, due to the floods, with 'home' games played at Edgbaston, Taunton and Kidderminster.[16]

2008 saw Worcestershire promoted back to Division One, despite losing their final game of the season.[17] 2008 was also Graeme Hick's last season at Worcestershire, having scored 136 first-class centuries in 25 seasons at New Road.[18] 2009 proved disastrous in first-class cricket, with Worcestershire finishing bottom of the First Division without a single victory, the first time the county had failed to win a Championship match since 1928.[19]

Following a win on the last day of the season against Sussex, Worcestershire were promoted back to Division One in 2010. The following season they avoided relegation for the first time ever, giving them consecutive seasons in Division One.[20] However, at the end of the 2012 season they were relegated back to Division Two.[21] Worcestershire had a mixed campaign in 2013, finished fifth out of nine in Division Two but a bright start to the 2014 saw them second in the table after seven games, following a draw with Surrey in June.[22] Worcestershire returned to Division One for the 2015 season, however their return only lasted one season as they were relegated after picking up only two wins.[23] Worcestershire spent two years back in the second tier, before achieving promotion on 27 September 2017.[24]

Players

Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
Batsmen
17Jack Haynes England (2001-01-30) 30 January 2001 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm off break
7Liam Livingstonedouble-dagger England (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
19Olly Westbury England (1997-07-02) 2 July 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm off break
27Daryl Mitchell England (1983-11-25) 25 November 1983 (age 36)Right-handedRight-arm medium
29Tom Fell England (1993-10-17) 17 October 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm off break
52Josh Dell England (1997-09-26) 26 September 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm medium
72Hamish Rutherford double-dagger New Zealand (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 30)Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxOverseas player
99Riki Wessels Australia (1985-11-12) 12 November 1985 (age 34)Right-handedUK Passport;
Occasional wicket-keeper
Jake Libby England (1993-01-03) 3 January 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm off break
Ashton Turner double-dagger Australia (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm off breakOverseas player (T20 only)
All-rounders
7Wayne Parnell double-dagger South Africa (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 30)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumKolpak registration
8Moeen Ali double-dagger England (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 32)Left-handedRight-arm off breakEngland white-ball contract
15Brett D'Oliveira England (1992-02-28) 28 February 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
30Ed Barnard England (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
44Ross Whiteley England (1988-09-13) 13 September 1988 (age 31)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
Wicket-keepers
10Ben Cox England (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 27)Right-handed
12Alex Milton England (1996-05-19) 19 May 1996 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
Bowlers
9George Scrimshaw England (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
22Dillon Pennington England (1999-02-26) 26 February 1999 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
23Joe Leach England (1990-10-30) 30 October 1990 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumClub captain
24Josh Tongue England (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast
31Charlie Morris England (1992-07-06) 6 July 1992 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
36Pat Brown double-dagger England (1998-08-23) 23 August 1998 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
42Ben Twohig England (1998-04-13) 13 April 1998 (age 21)Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodox
61Adam Finch England (2000-05-28) 28 May 2000 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Mitchell Stanley England (2001-03-17) 17 March 2001 (age 18)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium

Lists of players and club captains

County caps awarded

Note: Worcestershire no longer award traditional caps, instead awarding "colours" on a player's Championship debut.
1928: Harold Gibbons
1931: Peter Jackson
1931: Reg Perks
1934: Dick Howorth
1937: Edwin Cooper
1938: Phil King
1939: Roly Jenkins
1939: Charles Palmer
1946: Ronald Bird
1946: Allan White
1946: Bob Wyatt
1947: Don Kenyon
1947: Hugo Yarnold
1948: Laddie Outschoorn
1949: Michael Ainsworth
1950: George Chesterton
1950: George Dews
1951: Bob Broadbent
1952: Peter Richardson
1955: Jack Flavell
1955: Martin Horton
1956: Roy Booth
1956: Dick Richardson
1957: Bob Berry
1959: John Aldridge
1959: Len Coldwell
1959: Derek Pearson
1960: Doug Slade
1961: Norman Gifford
1961: Ron Headley
1962: Tom Graveney
1962: James Standen
1965: Robert Carter
1965: Basil D'Oliveira
1966: Brian Brain
1966: Alan Ormrod
1968: Glenn Turner
1969: Ted Hemsley
 
1970: Rodney Cass
1970: Vanburn Holder
1972: Jim Yardley
1974: John Parker
1976: Imran Khan
1976: John Inchmore
1978: James Cumbes
1978: David Humphries
1978: Phil Neale
1979: Dipak Patel
1979: Younis Ahmed
1980: Paul Pridgeon
1981: Hartley Alleyne
1984: Tim Curtis
1984: David Smith
1985: Damian D'Oliveira
1985: Neal Radford
1986: Graeme Hick
1986: Richard Illingworth
1986: Phil Newport
1986: Steve Rhodes
1986: Martin Weston
1987: Ian Botham
1987: Graham Dilley
1989: Stuart Lampitt
1989: Steven McEwan
1990: Gordon Lord
1991: Tom Moody
1993: Chris Tolley
1994: Gavin Haynes
1994: David Leatherdale
1995: Phil Weston
1997: Alamgir Sheriyar
1997: Reuben Spiring
1998: Vikram Solanki
2000: Glenn McGrath
2001: Andy Bichel
2004: Nadeem Malik
2004: Ray Price

Grounds

This section gives details of every venue at which Worcestershire have hosted at least one match at first-class or List A level. Figures show the number of Worcestershire matches only played at the grounds listed, and do not include abandoned games. Note that the locations given are current; in some cases grounds now in other counties lie within the traditional boundaries of Worcestershire.

Haden Hill Park in Old Hill, West Midlands, was due to host a Benson & Hedges Cup match in 1988. However, this was abandoned without a ball being bowled and no other senior cricket has been played at the ground, so it is not included in the table.

Name of groundLocationFirst-class spanWorcs f-c matchesList A spanWorcs LA matches
Bournville Cricket GroundBournville, Birmingham1910–19112N/A0
Chain Wire Club GroundStourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire19801N/A0
Chester Road North GroundKidderminster, Worcestershire1921–2008681969–20085[25]
Evesham Cricket Club GroundEvesham, Worcestershire19511N/A0
Blackfinch New RoadWorcester1899–present1,072[26]1963–present425[27]
Racecourse GroundHereford1919–19835[28]1983–19873
Seth Somers ParkHalesowen, West Midlands1964–19692N/A0
Tipton RoadDudley, West Midlands1911–1971881969–197714
War Memorial Athletic GroundStourbridge, West Midlands1905–1981611969–19823
Himley Cricket ClubHimley, StaffordshireN/A020071
Worcester Royal Grammar School Ground
(Flagge Meadow)
WorcesterN/A020071

Records

First-class

Batting

Bowling

Highest partnership for each wicket

List A

Fostershire

‘Fostershire’ was a name jocularly applied to Worcestershire County Cricket Club in the early part of the 20th century, shortly after the county had achieved first-class status and admission into the English County Championship (in 1899). The name came from the fact that seven brothers from this one family played for Worcestershire during the period 1899–1934, three of whom captained the club at some point. Six of the brothers appeared during the seasons 1908–11.

References

  1. ^ ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ Bowen, p. 270.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Bowen, p. 273.
  5. ^ Selvey, Mike (1 May 2013). "Fifty years ago the very first Gillette Cup changed cricket for ever". The Guardian.
  6. ^ Smyth, Rob (11 December 2008). "Cricket: Rob Smyth: The forgotten story of … the Combined Universities' 1989 B&H Cup run". The Guardian.
  7. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com.
  8. ^ "Cricket / Natwest Trophy: Hick and Moody destroy grand slam dream:". Independent.co.uk. 4 September 1994.
  9. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". cricketarchive.com.
  10. ^ Collis, John (19 September 2003). "Northamptonshire 196 & 379-9 Worcestershire 172-8dec". The Guardian.
  11. ^ "Hall keeps his cool to edge Worcestershire into C&G final". Espncricinfo.com.
  12. ^ Edgbaston, By Paul Bolton at. "Warwickshire tamed by stunning Solanki". Telegraph.co.uk.
  13. ^ "Gloucs win C&G Trophy". Bbc.co.uk. 28 August 2004.
  14. ^ "Largest Margin of Innings Defeat". CricketArchive.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  15. ^ "Worcestershire clinch Pro40 title". BBC Sport. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 14 September 2007.
  16. ^ "Results - Pro40 Division One, 2007 - ESPN Cricinfo". Espncricinfo.com.
  17. ^ "Worcestershire promoted despite loss - LV= County Championship - Domestic - News Archive - ECB". Ecb.co.uk.
  18. ^ "Graeme Hick". Espncricinfo.com.
  19. ^ "Davies bows out with Durham draw". BBC Sport. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  20. ^ "Worcestershire stay up as Durham title hopes end". Bbc.co.uk.
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ "Zafar Ansari ensures Surrey scrape draw against Worcestershire". Telegraph.co.uk.
  23. ^ "County Championship: Worcs relegated after defeat by Durham". Bbc.co.uk. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  24. ^ "Worcestershire v Durham: Promoted leaders seek victory for Division Two title". Bbc.co.uk. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  25. ^ Four other List A matches, all involving Worcestershire Cricket Board, have been played at Kidderminster.
  26. ^ One other first-class match, a 1972 England v Rest of England Test trial, has been played at New Road.
  27. ^ Three One Day Internationals have also been played at New Road: West Indies v Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup, and Australia v Scotland and Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe in the 1999 World Cup. The 2003 C&G Trophy game between Worcestershire Cricket Board and Worcestershire is included in this figure, although it was technically a Worcs CB home fixture.
  28. ^ One other first-class match, between HK Foster's XI and the Australian Imperial Forces, has been played at the Racecourse Ground.

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