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|One Day name||Gloucestershire|
|Captain||Graeme van Buuren|
|One Day captain||Graeme van Buuren (LA) |
Jack Taylor (T20)
|Overseas player(s)|| Marcus Harris |
Glenn Phillips (T20)
|Home ground||Seat Unique Stadium|
|Capacity||7,500 – 17,500|
|First-class debut|| Surrey |
at Durdham Down, Bristol
|Championship wins||0 (unofficial Champion County 4 times)|
|One-Day Cup wins||(2)|
|FP Trophy/NatWest Trophy wins||(5)|
|Benson & Hedges Cup wins||(3)|
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.
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.
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.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.
Dr Grace's club played Gloucestershire's initial first-class match versus Surrey at Durdham Down in Bristol on 2, 3 & 4 June 1870.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". The Cheltenham club was wound up in March 1871 and its chief officials accepted positions in the hierarchy of Gloucestershire. 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.
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.
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.
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.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.
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.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,the club failed to win any major trophies for a decade.
In 2013 Gloucestershire stopped using 'Gloucestershire Gladiators' as its limited-overs name.
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.
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.
The club's debut home match in first-class cricket was played at Durdham Down in the Clifton district of Bristol.This was the only time the county used this venue for a match. 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. 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.
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,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.
|No.||Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting style||Bowling style||Notes|
|10||Jack Taylor||England||12 November 1991||Right-handed||Right-arm leg break||Captain (T20)|
|15||Chris Dent||England||20 January 1991||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|21||Marcus Harris||Australia||21 July 1992||Left-handed||—||Overseas player|
|23||Glenn Phillips||New Zealand||6 December 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm off break||Overseas player (T20 only)|
|28||Ian Cockbain||England||17 February 1987||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|64||Ben Charlesworth||England||19 November 2000||Left-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|88||Miles Hammond||England||11 January 1996||Left-handed||Right-arm off break|
|12||Graeme van Buuren||South Africa||22 August 1990||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|| Club Captain; |
|13||Benny Howell||England||5 October 1988||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|17||George Scott||England||6 November 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm medium|
|19||Luke Charlesworth||England||4 April 2003||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|22||Will Naish||England||19 June 2003||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|29||Ryan Higgins||England||6 January 1995||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium||On loan at Middlesex|
|53||Tom Price||England||2 January 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|67||Ollie Price||England||12 June 2001||Right-handed||Right-arm off break|
|8||Tom Lace||England||27 May 1998||Right-handed||—|
|25||James Bracey||England||3 May 1997||Left-handed||—|
|72||Ben Wells||England||30 July 2000||Right-handed||—|
|4||Jared Warner||England||14 November 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|5||Josh Shaw||England||3 January 1996||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|6||Tom Smith||England||29 August 1987||Right-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|14||David Payne||England||15 February 1991||Left-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|36||Matthew Taylor||England||8 July 1994||Right-handed||Left-arm fast-medium|
|39||Ajeet Dale||England||3 July 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|47||Paul van Meekeren||Netherlands||15 January 1993||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
|55||Mohammad Amir||Pakistan||13 April 1992||Left-handed||Left-arm fast||Overseas player|
|71||Naseem Shah||Pakistan||15 February 2003||Right-handed||Right-arm fast||Overseas player|
|77||Zafar Gohar||Pakistan||1 February 1995||Left-handed||Slow left-arm orthodox||Overseas player|
|83||Dominic Goodman||England||23 October 2000||Right-handed||Right-arm fast-medium|
Among the international players who have represented Gloucestershire are:
Best partnership for each wicket
One-day / T20 cricket
|Season||Kit supplier||Kit sponsor|
|2016||D&B Scaffolding||D&B Scaffolding|
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