Gloucestershire County Cricket Club

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Gloucestershire CCC
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One Day nameGloucestershire
Captain Graeme van Buuren
One Day captainGraeme van Buuren (LA)
Jack Taylor (T20)
Coach Dale Benkenstein
Overseas player(s) Marcus Harris
Mohammad Amir
Naseem Shah
Zafar Gohar
Glenn Phillips (T20)
Team information
Home ground Seat Unique Stadium
Capacity7,500 – 17,500
First-class debut Surrey
in 1870
at  Durdham Down, Bristol
Championship  wins0 (unofficial Champion County 4 times)
One-Day Cup  wins(2)
FP Trophy/NatWest Trophy  wins(5)
  • 1973
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2004
Benson & Hedges Cup  wins(3)
  • 1977
  • 1999
  • 2000
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Gloucestershire 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 Gloucestershire. Founded in 1870, Gloucestershire have always been first-class and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England. The club played its first senior match in 1870 and W. G. Grace was their captain. The club plays home games at the Bristol County Ground in the Bishopston area of north Bristol. A number of games are also played at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival at the College Ground, Cheltenham and matches have also been played at the Gloucester cricket festival at The King's School, Gloucester.


Gloucestershire's most famous players have been W. G. Grace, whose father founded the club, and Wally Hammond, who scored 113 centuries for them. The club has had two notable periods of success: in the 1870s when it was unofficially acclaimed as the Champion County on at least three occasions, and from 1999 to 2006 when it won seven limited overs trophies, notably a ‘double double’ in 1999 and 2000 (both the Benson and Hedges Cup and the C&G Trophy in both seasons), and the Sunday League in 2000. [1]


First XI honours

Runners-up (6): 1930, 1931, 1947, 1959, 1969, 1986
Runners-up (2): 1988, 2003
Division Two (2): 2002, 2006
Semi-finalists (5): 1968, 1971, 1975, 1987, 2009
Finalists (1): 2001
Semi-finalists (1): 1972
Finalists (1): 2007
Semi-finalists (1): 2003, 2020

Second XI honours

Earliest cricket

Cricket probably reached Gloucestershire by the end of the 17th century. It is known that the related sport of "Stow-Ball" aka "Stob-Ball" was played in the county during the 16th century. In this game, the bat was called a "stave". See Alice B Gomme  : The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland.

A game in Gloucester on 22 September 1729 is the earliest definite reference to cricket in the county. From then until the founding of the county club, very little has been found outside parish cricket.

Origin of club

In the early 1840s, Dr Henry Grace and his brother-in-law Alfred Pocock founded the Mangotsfield Cricket Club which merged in 1846 with the West Gloucestershire Cricket Club, whose name was adopted until 1867, after which it became the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. [3] Grace hoped that Gloucestershire would join the first-class county clubs but the situation was complicated in 1863 by the formation of a rival club called the Cheltenham and Gloucestershire Cricket Club. [3]

Dr Grace's club played Gloucestershire's initial first-class match versus Surrey at Durdham Down in Bristol on 2, 3 & 4 June 1870. [4] Gloucestershire joined the (unofficial) County Championship at this time but the existence of the Cheltenham club seems to have forestalled the installation of its "constitutional trappings". [3] The Cheltenham club was wound up in March 1871 and its chief officials accepted positions in the hierarchy of Gloucestershire. [3] So, although the exact details and dates of the county club's foundation are uncertain, it has always been assumed that the year was 1870 and the club celebrated its centenary in 1970. [3]

What is certain is that Dr Grace was able to form the county club because of its playing strength, especially his three sons WG, EM and Fred. [3]

Club history

Gloucestershire CCC in 1880. Gloucester cricketclub 1880.jpg
Gloucestershire CCC in 1880.

The early history of Gloucestershire is dominated by the Grace family, most notably W G Grace, who was the club's original captain and held that post until his departure for London in 1899. His brother E M Grace, although still an active player, was the original club secretary. With the Grace brothers and Billy Midwinter in their team, Gloucestershire won three Champion County titles in the 1870s.

Since then Gloucestershire's fortunes have been mixed and they have never won the official County Championship. They struggled in the pre-war years of the County Championship because their best batsmen, apart from Gilbert Jessop and briefly Charlie Townsend, were very rarely available. The bowling, except when Townsend did sensational things on sticky wickets in late 1895 and late 1898, was very weak until George Dennett emerged – then it had the fault of depending far too much on him. Wally Hammond, who still holds many of the county's batting records formed part of an occasionally strong inter-war team, although the highest championship finish during this period was second in 1930 and 1931, when Charlie Parker and Tom Goddard formed a devastating spin attack.

Outstanding players since the war include Tom Graveney, "Jack" Russell and overseas players Mike Procter, Zaheer Abbas and Courtney Walsh.

Dominance in one-day cricket (1999–2004)

Gloucestershire was very successful in one-day cricket in the late 1990s and early 2000s winning several titles under the captaincy of Mark Alleyne and coaching of John Bracewell. The club operated on a small budget and was famed as a team greater than the sum of its parts, boasting few international stars. [1] Gloucestershire's overall knockout record between 1999 and 2002 was 28 wins and seven losses from 37 games, including 16 wins from 18 at the Bristol County Ground.

The club's run of success started by defeating Yorkshire to win the Benson & Hedges Super Cup in 1999 before then beating neighbours Somerset in the 1999 NatWest Trophy final at Lord's. In 2000 Gloucestershire completed a hat-trick of one-day titles, winning all the domestic limited overs tournaments, the Benson and Hedges Cup, the C&G Trophy and the Sunday League in the same season. The club maintained its success winning the C&G Trophy in 2003 and 2004, beating Worcestershire in the final on both occasions.

Recent years (2006–present)

The club's captain for the 2006 season, Jon Lewis, became the first Gloucestershire player for nearly 10 years to play for England at Test match level, when he was picked to represent his country in the Third Test against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge in June 2006. [5] His figures in the first innings were 3–68, including a wicket in his very first over in Test cricket, and he was widely praised for his debut performance.

Following the retirement of several key players, such as "Jack" Russell and Mark Alleyne, Gloucestershire's fortunes declined. The club subsequently stripped back its playing budget as it looked to finance the redevelopment of the Bristol County Ground in order to maintain Category B status and secure future international games at their home ground. Performances suffered and despite reaching the final of the 2007 Twenty20 Cup, losing narrowly to Kent, [6] the club failed to win any major trophies for a decade.

In 2013 Gloucestershire stopped using 'Gloucestershire Gladiators' as its limited-overs name. [7]

Gloucestershire won their first major silverware for 11 years in 2015, overcoming favoured Surrey to win the Royal London One-Day Cup in the final at Lord's. Captain Michael Klinger, who flew back from Australia to play in the semi-final win over Yorkshire, was named the tournament's MVP scoring 531 runs at an average of over 106. [8]


Gloucestershire contest one of English cricket's fiercest rivalries, the West Country derby against Somerset, which usually draws the biggest crowd of the season for either team. Traditionally, the boundary between the counties is drawn by the River Avon. Although Gloucestershire CCC's home ground is in Bristol, which straddles the Avon (and has been a county in its own right since 1373), many people from south Bristol favour Somerset CCC despite the fact the club plays its home games much further away in Taunton. However, in the past Somerset have played first-class matches at venues in the south of Bristol. [9] [10]


The Bristol County Ground Bristol County Ground.jpg
The Bristol County Ground
A tablet of W.G. Grace at the Grace Gates of the Bristol County Ground W.G. Grace tablet.jpg
A tablet of W.G. Grace at the Grace Gates of the Bristol County Ground

The club's debut home match in first-class cricket was played at Durdham Down in the Clifton district of Bristol. [11] This was the only time the county used this venue for a match. [12] The following year Gloucestershire began to play matches at the Clifton College Close Ground in the grounds of Clifton College in the same part of the city, and this remained a regular venue for the county until the 1930s, hosting nearly 100 first-class matches. In 1872 the county used a venue outside Bristol for the first time when they played at the College Ground in the grounds of Cheltenham College. This venue has continued to be used regularly for the county's annual "Cheltenham festival" event, which in the modern era incorporates additional charity events and off-field entertainment. [13] In 1889 Gloucestershire began to play matches at the Bristol County Ground in Bristol, which has subsequently served as the club's main headquarters and hosted the majority of the county's matches. It was here that the club played its first List A match in 1963 against Middlesex, and its first Twenty20 match forty years later against Worcestershire. Somerset have played first-class matches at other venues in the city. [9] [10]

In the 1920s Gloucestershire ceased playing at the Spa Ground in Gloucester, which had been in use since 1882, and switched to the Wagon Works Ground in the city. This ground remained in use for nearly 70 years, hosting over 150 first-class matches, before its use was discontinued in 1992. In 2012 the club investigated the possibility of returning to the Wagon Works Ground and making it their permanent headquarters after being refused permission for extensive redevelopment of the County Ground in Bristol, [14] but ultimately this did not occur. In 1993, the club moved its base in Gloucester to Archdeacon Meadow, a ground owned by The King's School. This venue was only used for first-class matches until 2008 but was used for four Twenty20 matches in 2010 and 2011, the most recent county games to take place in the city. All subsequent matches have taken place in either Bristol or Cheltenham.


Current squad

No.NameNatBirth dateBatting styleBowling styleNotes
10 Jack Taylor Flag of England.svg  England 12 November 1991 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm leg break Captain (T20)
15 Chris Dent Flag of England.svg  England 20 January 1991 (age 31)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
21 Marcus Harris  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 21 July 1992 (age 30)Left-handedOverseas player
23 Glenn Phillips  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 6 December 1996 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm off break Overseas player (T20 only)
28 Ian Cockbain Flag of England.svg  England 17 February 1987 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm medium
64 Ben Charlesworth Flag of England.svg  England 19 November 2000 (age 21)Left-handedRight-arm fast-medium
88 Miles Hammond Flag of England.svg  England 11 January 1996 (age 26)Left-handedRight-arm off break
12 Graeme van Buuren Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 22 August 1990 (age 32)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Club Captain;
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13 Benny Howell Flag of England.svg  England 5 October 1988 (age 33)Right-handedRight-arm medium
17 George Scott Flag of England.svg  England 6 November 1995 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm medium
19Luke CharlesworthFlag of England.svg  England 4 April 2003 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
22Will NaishFlag of England.svg  England 19 June 2003 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
29 Ryan Higgins Flag of England.svg  England 6 January 1995 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium On loan at Middlesex
53 Tom Price Flag of England.svg  England 2 January 2000 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
67 Ollie Price Flag of England.svg  England 12 June 2001 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm off break
8 Tom Lace Flag of England.svg  England 27 May 1998 (age 24)Right-handed
25 James Bracey  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 3 May 1997 (age 25)Left-handed
72 Ben Wells Flag of England.svg  England 30 July 2000 (age 22)Right-handed
4 Jared Warner Flag of England.svg  England 14 November 1996 (age 25)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
5 Josh Shaw Flag of England.svg  England 3 January 1996 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
6 Tom Smith Flag of England.svg  England 29 August 1987 (age 35)Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
14 David Payne  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of England.svg  England 15 February 1991 (age 31)Left-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
36 Matthew Taylor Flag of England.svg  England 8 July 1994 (age 28)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
39 Ajeet Dale Flag of England.svg  England 3 July 2000 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
47 Paul van Meekeren  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 15 January 1993 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
55 Mohammad Amir  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 13 April 1992 (age 30)Left-handedLeft-arm fast Overseas player
71 Naseem Shah  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 15 February 2003 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm fast Overseas player
77 Zafar Gohar  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Pakistan.svg  Pakistan 1 February 1995 (age 27)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox Overseas player
83 Dominic Goodman Flag of England.svg  England 23 October 2000 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium

Source: Cricinfo

International players

Among the international players who have represented Gloucestershire are:

Club captains

WG Grace dominated the club's early history. He made 22,808 runs and took 1,339 wickets for the county. W. G. Grace, cricketer, by Herbert Rose Barraud.jpg
WG Grace dominated the club's early history. He made 22,808 runs and took 1,339 wickets for the county.


Bristol County Ground before redevelopment Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground.jpg
Bristol County Ground before redevelopment

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