Heritage 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.


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.

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

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

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: 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

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

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 hit four double centuries including 248 not out at Edgbaston in 2008

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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