Derbyshire CCC History Timeline

Derbyshire County Cricket Club, founded in 1870, is one of 18 first-class county clubs which make up the England and Wales domestic cricket structure.

The Club was formed on 4 November 1870 at a meeting in the Guildhall, Derby, by Club Secretary, who had campaigned for the Club’s foundation for three years, Walter Boden.

“I propose that a cricket club be formed that represents the whole county and that it shall be called The Derbyshire County Cricket Club.” Walter Boden. 

Timeline

1848: Horse racing takes place for the first time on the Derby Racecourse, giving rise to the cricket ground being known as The Racecourse Ground in the future.

Australian Aboriginals in Derby in 1868

Australian Aboriginals in Derby in 1868

1868: South Derbyshire competed in a fixture versus Australian Aboriginals, who toured England between May and October, at Derby

1870: On November 4, Derbyshire CCC was founded at a meeting in the Guildhall, Derby. Walter Boden; “I propose that a cricket club be formed that represents the whole county and that it shall be called The Derbyshire County Cricket Club.”

1871, May: DCCC first game; vs Lancashire at Old Trafford

1884, September: Derby County FC – formed as an offshoot of DCCC – first home football league match played at County Ground, Derby – lost 2-1 to WBA – DCFC played all home games here until 1895

George Davidson hits Derbyshire’s highest first class score; 274 v Lancashire at Old Trafford

George Davidson hits Derbyshire’s highest first class score; 274 v Lancashire at Old Trafford

1896: George Davidson makes Derbyshire’s highest individual first class score – 274 v Lancashire at Old Trafford

1898: First class cricket played at Queen’s Park, Chesterfield for the first time

1901: Charles Ollivierre becomes one of the first black cricketers to play first class cricket in England when he makes his debut for Derbyshire against South Africa

1921: Bill Bestwick records Derbyshire’s best bowling figures of 10-40 v Glamorgan at Cardiff Arms Park

1925: First class cricket played at Ilkeston for the first time

Derbyshire CCC 1936 County Championship winning side

Derbyshire CCC 1936 County Championship winning side, under the captaincy of Arthur Richardson

1936: Derbyshire win the County Championship under the captaincy of Arthur Richardson

1939: Horse racing concluded at Derby

1948: Crowds in excess of 10,000 attend each day of the tourist match at Derby against the Australian ‘Invincibles’

1955: Cricket moves from the original square (where the Days Inn Hotel is now situated) to its present position

1963: Les Jackson retires after taking a record 1,670 first class wickets for Derbyshire

1976: Eddie Barlow hit the highest score for Derbyshire at Ilkeston – 217 v Surrey

1981 Champions

Derbyshire CCC 1981 NatWest Trophy winning side, under the captaincy of Barry Wood

1981: Derbyshire defeat Northamptonshire to win the NatWest Trophy at Lord’s under the captaincy of Barry Wood

1982: Peter Kirsten scored his 6th double century for Derbyshire – a record

1983: New Zealand play Sri Lanka in a Prudential World Cup match at the County Ground

1984: Bob Taylor retires having completed a world record number of career dismissals – 2,069 in all formats

1988: Michael Holding takes a one day world record 8-21 against Sussex at Hove in the NatWest Trophy

Derbyshire CCC 1990 Refuge Assurance Sunday League title winning side, under the captaincy of Kim Barnett.

Derbyshire CCC 1990 Refuge Assurance Sunday League title winning side, under the captaincy of Kim Barnett.

1990: Derbyshire defeat Essex at Derby to secure the Refuge Assurance Sunday League title under the captaincy of Kim Barnett in front of 11,000 spectators

1991: Mohammad Azharuddin – scored 2,106 first class runs including seven centuries

1993: Derbyshire defeat Lancashire in the Benson and Hedges Final at Lord’s under the captaincy of Kim Barnett. Dominic Cork won the Gold Award for his unbeaten 92

1994: Derbyshire’s Devon Malcolm takes 9-57 for England against South Africa at The Oval

Kim Barnett with Dominic Cork celebrating the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup success at Lord's

Kim Barnett with Dominic Cork celebrating the 1993 Benson & Hedges Cup success at Lord’s

1997: Derbyshire defeat the touring Australians at Derby by one wicket

1998: Kim Barnett 23,854 f/c runs and 53 centuries, 12,358 one day runs and 13 centuries – all Derbyshire records

2000: First floodlit game played at the County Ground, Derby

2004: The Gateway Centre opens; permanent floodlights installed at Derby

2007: Simon Katich – 2007 averaged 75.52 in scoring 1284 runs – the highest average by a Derbyshire player scoring over 1000 runs in a season

2008: Chris Rogers – Four double centuries including 248 not out at Edgbaston in 2008

Wayne Madsen and the Derbyshire team celebrate after winning the LV=CC Division Two title in 2012

Wayne Madsen and the Derbyshire team celebrate after winning the LV=CC Division Two title in 2012

2012: Derbyshire win the County Championship 2nd division title under the captaincy of Wayne Madsen

2014: Harvey Hosein completes a world record 11 dismissals on his first class debut against Surrey at The Oval

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