Cricket Club was established in May 1882, and the
team played their first match at Ashbrooke Cricket Ground
in Sunderland the following month where they defeated
Northumberland by four wickets.
Over the years Durham have won many acolades including
the Minor Counties Championship a record-equalling
nine times between 1900 and 1984. The team also became
the first minor county to defeat a first class county
in the Gillette Cup in 1973 when they beat Yorkshire.
Between 1976 and 1982 Durham notched up a record of 65
minor county matches without defeat, and in March
1989 the club’s committee applied to become a first
class cricketing county club.
After less than three years, the Test and County Cricket
Board awarded Durham County Cricket Club first
class status on 6th December 1991 – the first
county to be granted such status for 70 years.
Durham has also been home to number of top class players
such as Ian Botham, David Graveney, Wayne
Larkins, Paul Parker, Geoff Cook, Dean
Jones and Simon Hughes.
In 1993 planning approval was granted for the club’s
current ground, Riverside [map],
a splendid arena that is the newest addition to the Test
Match circuit having hosted England v Zimbabwe in
the second Test in June 2003.
The club’s first match at the Riverside was in May
1995 against Warwickshire, and since then Durham County
Cricket Club has continued to go from strength to strength.
For more information and current fixtures for Durham County
Cricket Club check out the Website www.durhamccc.co.uk