Durham County Cricket Club

Durham County Cricket Club (rebranded as Durham Cricket in February 2019)[2] is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Durham. Founded in 1882, Durham held minor status for over a century and was a prominent member of the Minor Counties Championship, winning the competition seven times. In 1992, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to senior status as an official first-class team. Durham has been classified as an occasional List A team from 1964, then as a full List A team from 1992;[3] and as a senior Twenty20 team since the format's introduction in 2003.[4]

Durham Cricket
Twenty20 nameDurham
CaptainScott Borthwick
One Day captainAlex Lees
CoachRyan Campbell
Overseas player(s)David Bedingham
Peter Siddle
Ashton Turner (T20)
Ben Dwarshuis (T20)
Team information
Home groundRiverside Ground, Chester-le-Street
First-class debutLeicestershire
in 1992
at The Racecourse[1]
Championship wins3
One-Day Cup wins2
Twenty20 Cup wins0
One-Day League (defunct) wins0
Official websiteDurham Cricket




Durham CCC competes in the Specsavers County Championship, the Royal London One-Day Cup and in the North Group of the NatWest t20 Blast. They won the County Championship in 2008 for the first time, retained the trophy in the 2009 season, and then won it for a third time in 2013. In one-day competition, they won the 50-over Friends Provident Trophy in 2007 and the inaugural 50-over Royal London One-Day Cup in 2014. Having been relegated from Division One of the County Championship as part of the conditions for a package of financial support from the ECB, Durham has played in Division Two of the County Championship ever since the 2017 season.[5][6]

The club's limited overs kit colours are yellow and blue in the Royal London One-Day Cup, and also yellow and blue colours in the t20 Blast. Durham is currently sponsored by several companies including Emirates and Port of Tyne, as well as 188Bet as their betting partner.[7] The team was sponsored by Northern Rock prior to the bank's nationalisation in 2008. The club is based at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, which is one of the newest additions to the English Test match circuit, hosting its first match – the second 2003 England v Zimbabwe Test – from 5 to 7 June.

History edit

Earliest cricket in Durham edit

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.

A cricket match being played in Hartlepool, County Durham in 1955

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 edit

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 (defeating Yorkshire in round one in 1973, and then in 1985 beating Derbyshire at the same stage); 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.

Durham as a first-class county edit

1989 - 2005 edit

Durham County Cricket Club former logo.

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.

2006 - 2015: One Day Trophy and County Championship victories edit

Hussey was prevented from returning to the Riverside in 2006 as he was 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.

Until the 2014 season the team was known as Durham Dynamos in limited overs tournaments.

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 former 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.

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. [8]

Twelve months later, Durham retained their County Championship title defeating Nottinghamshire by an innings and 52 runs at a sun soaked Riverside Ground in front of 5,000 jubilant supporters.

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.

In September 2013 Durham won the County Championship for a third time after beating Nottinghamshire by 8 wickets at Chester le Street.

Durham won the 2014 One-Day Cup, defeating Warwickshire by three wickets in the final at Lord's on 20 September 2014.[9]

During this period of success Durham saw a number of homegrown players go on to make an impact on the England side. Players such as Paul Collingwood (who was the first Durham CCC player to hit a Test century and double century and captained England to victory at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20), Steve Harmison, Liam Plunkett, Graham Onions, Ben Stokes (who became England Test captain in 2022) and Mark Wood formed part of successful England sides of the 21st Century, including the 2005 Ashes series, 2009 Ashes series, 2010 ICC World Twenty20, 2010–11 Ashes series and 2015 Ashes series. Other Durham players to feature for England during this time included Phil Mustard, Scott Borthwick, Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman.

2016 - 2022: Financial issues and relegation edit

Following a series of financial "bailout" payments made by the England and Wales Cricket Board to Durham during the 2016 season, the county, which had finished fourth in Division One at the end of the season, were relegated to Division Two in place of the eighth place team, Hampshire. Durham were also placed under a salary cap administered by the ECB until 2020 and started the 2017 Championship season with a deduction of 48 points.[citation needed] The club's eligibility to bid to stage Test cricket at the Riverside Ground was also removed[5][6] although club will still be eligible to bid to host one-day and Twenty20 international matches.

The decision led to a number of first team players leaving the club, including Borthwick and Stoneman (to Surrey) and Jennings (to Lancashire). However, some players who left followinf the relegation would later return as the club rebuilt, including Borthwick, Ben Raine and Paul Coughlin

Ben Stokes and Mark Wood were part of the England team which won the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with Stokes playing a starring role in the final in which he was named man of the match. The Riverside Ground hosted 3 games of the tournament.

Durham reached the final of the 2021 One-Day Cup but lost by 58 runs in the final to Glamorgan.[10]

Stokes and Wood were also part of the England squad which won the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Other Durham players to earn England call ups in these years included Alex Lees, Matthew Potts and Brydon Carse.

On 28 April 2022, Stokes was named as England's new Test captain,[11] replacing Joe Root.[12]

On 6 May 2022, in Stokes' first match since becoming England's captain, he hit 17 sixes against Worcestershire, setting a new record for sixes hit in a single innings of a match in the County Championship.[13] Stokes scored 161 runs from 88 balls, which included the fastest century in first-class cricket by a Durham player.[14]

2023 - present: Return to Division One edit

In December 2022, former Australia cricketer and Netherlands cricket team coach Ryan Campbell was appointed head coach of Durham on a three-year contract to the end of the 2025 season, succeeding James Franklin.[15] Under Campbell Durham won the 2023 Division Two title to secure a return to Division One for the first time since the 2016 relegation.

Ground history edit

The Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street. Lumley Castle can be seen in the background

The club's acceptance into first-class cricket was made conditional on the building of a new Test match-standard cricket ground.[16][17][18] 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. The ground has been used for six England Test matches, against Zimbabwe in 2003, Bangladesh in 2005, two against West Indies in June 2007 and May 2009, an Ashes Test Match against Australia in 2013, and against Sri Lanka in 2016. England have won all six of these tests.

As part of the conditions of a package of financial support announced in October 2016, the ECB imposed a number of sanctions on Durham County Cricket Club, including removal of the club's eligibility to bid to stage Test cricket at the Riverside Ground.[5][6] The club will still be eligible to bid to host one-day and Twenty20 international matches.

The Riverside hosted 3 games of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

This following table gives details of every venue at which Durham have hosted a first-class or List A cricket match:

Name of ground Location Year FC
Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street 1995–present 182 176 70 428
Feethams Darlington 1964–2003 10 14 0 24
Grangefield Road Stockton-on-Tees 1992–2006 12 11 0 23
The Racecourse Durham City 1992–2011 8 7 0 15
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 3 0 7
Roseworth Terrace Gosforth1 2014–2016 0 2 0 2
Green Lane Durham City 1979 0 1 0 1
Osborne Avenue Jesmond1 1992 0 1 0 1
Source: cricketarchive Archived 10 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine
Updated: 5 October 2016
  • ^ ^ Located in Newcastle upon Tyne, historically part of Northumberland.

Players edit

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 allocated in order of appearance.

Current squad edit

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • ‡ denotes players with international caps.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
7 Graham Clark   England (1993-03-16) 16 March 1993 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm leg-break
9 Ben McKinney   England (2004-10-04) 4 October 2004 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm off break
10 Michael Jones ‡   Scotland (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off-break
16 Scott Borthwick ‡   England (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 34) Left-handed Right-arm leg-break Club captain
19 Alex Lees ‡   England (1993-04-14) 14 April 1993 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm leg-break LA/t20 captain
20 Jonathan Bushnell   England (2001-09-06) 6 September 2001 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium
48 Colin Ackermann ‡   Netherlands (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break
23 Paul Coughlin   England (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
27 Bas de Leede ‡   Netherlands (1999-11-15) 15 November 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
38 Ben Stokes ‡   England (1991-06-04) 4 June 1991 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium England test captain;
England central contract
44 Ben Raine   England (1991-09-14) 14 September 1991 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium
70 Ashton Turner ‡   Australia (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas player (T20 only)
5 David Bedingham ‡   South Africa (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 30) Right-handed Overseas player
21 Ollie Robinson   England (1998-12-01) 1 December 1998 (age 25) Right-handed
52 Haydon Mustard   England (2006-07-12) 12 July 2006 (age 17) Right-handed Right-arm medium
6 Brandon Glover ‡   Netherlands (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast
8 George Drissell   England (1999-01-20) 20 January 1999 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off-break
11 Mitchell Killeen   England (2004-09-29) 29 September 2004 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
12 Luke Robinson   England (2003-10-12) 12 October 2003 (age 20) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium
17 Callum Parkinson   England (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 27) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
22 Daniel Hogg   England (2004-12-19) 19 December 2004 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
28 Stanley McAlindon   England (2004-04-28) 28 April 2004 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
33 Mark Wood ‡   England (1990-01-11) 11 January 1990 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast England central contract
35 Matthew Potts ‡   England (1998-10-29) 29 October 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium England central contract
64 Peter Siddle ‡   Australia (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 39) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas player
72 Nathan Sowter   Australia (1992-10-12) 12 October 1992 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm leg break UK passport
73 Oli Gibson   England (2000-07-07) 7 July 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
99 Brydon Carse ‡   England (1995-07-31) 31 July 1995 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium England central contract
Ben Dwarshuis ‡   Australia (1994-06-23) 23 June 1994 (age 29) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium Overseas player (T20 only)

Lists of players and club captains edit

Durham players with international caps edit

Durham county cricketers who have during their career also represented their national team in Test cricket or One Day International cricket.

Honours edit

First XI honours edit

Division Two (1) - 2023

Second XI honours edit

  • Second XI Championship: 3
    • 2008, 2016, 2018
  • Second XI Trophy: 0

Records edit

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ Hamilton represented both Scotland and England in international cricket.
  2. ^ Di Venuto represented both Australia and Italy in international cricket.
  3. ^ Cummins represented both the West Indies and Canada in international cricket.
  4. ^ Di Venuto represented both Australia and Italy in international cricket.
  5. ^ Hamilton represented both Scotland and England in international cricket.
  6. ^ Cummins represented both the West Indies and Canada in international cricket.

References edit

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  11. ^ "Ben Stokes named new Test captain of England". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 6 April 2022.
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Further reading edit

External sources edit