Leicestershire County Cricket Club

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Leicestershire County Cricket Club
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One Day nameLeicestershire Foxes
Personnel
Captain Flag of the Netherlands.svg Colin Ackermann
Coach Flag of England.svg Paul Nixon
Overseas player(s)TBA
Chief executiveSean Jarvis
Team information
Founded25 February 1879
Home ground Grace Road, Leicester
Capacity5,500 cricket matches / 20,000 concerts
History
First-class debut MCC
in 1895
at  Lord's
Championship  wins3
Pro40  wins2
FP Trophy  wins0
Twenty20 Cup  wins3
Benson & Hedges Cup  wins3
Official website LeicestershireCCC
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Grace Road cricket ground, Leicester
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Leicestershire 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 Leicestershire. It has also been representative of the county of Rutland. The club's limited overs team is called the Leicestershire Foxes. Founded in 1879, the club had minor county status until 1894 when it was promoted to first-class status pending its entry into the County Championship in 1895. [1] Since then, Leicestershire have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

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The club is based at Grace Road, Leicester and have also played home games at Aylestone Road in Leicester, at Hinckley, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and in Coalville inside the traditional county boundaries; and at Uppingham and Oakham over the border in Rutland.

In limited overs cricket, the kit colours are red with black trim in the Royal London One Day Cup and black with red trim in the T20. The shirt sponsors are Oval Insurance Broking with Highcross Leicester (shopping centre) on the top reverse side of the shirt.

Leicestershire are in the second division of the County Championship and in the north group of the Royal London One Day Cup. They recently finished bottom of the County Championship for the sixth time since the introduction of two divisions. Their best showing in recent years has been in the Twenty20 Cup with the Foxes winning the trophy three times in eight years.

Honours

First XI honours

Runners-up (2) – 1982, 1994
Runners-up: 1972, 2001
Runners-up: 1992, 2001
Runners-up: 1974, 1998

Second XI honours

Runners-up: 1961, 1975

+ 1 Bain Hogg Trophy – second XI one-day competition – 1996

History

Earliest cricket

Cricket may not have reached Leicestershire until well into the 18th century. A notice in the Leicester Journal dated 17 August 1776 is the earliest known mention of cricket in the county. Soon afterwards, a Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Club was taking part in important matches, mainly against Nottingham Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). This club was prominent from 1781 until the beginning of the 19th century.

19th century

Little more is heard of Leicestershire cricket until the formation of the present club on 25 March 1879.

Essex CCC versus Leicestershire CCC at Leyton on 14, 15 & 16 May 1894 was the first first-class match for both clubs. In 1895, the County Championship was restructured into a 14-team competition with the introduction of Essex, Leicestershire and Warwickshire CCC.

Early and mid-20th century

Leicestershire's first 70 years were largely spent in lower table mediocrity, with few notable exceptions. In 1953, the motivation of secretary-captain Charles Palmer lifted the side fleetingly to third place, but most of the rest of the 1950s was spent propping up the table, or thereabouts.

Start of improvement: The late 1950s and the 1960s

Change came in the late 1950s with the recruitment of the charismatic Willie Watson at the end of a distinguished career with England and Yorkshire. Watson's run gathering sparked the home-grown Maurice Hallam into becoming one of England's best opening batsmen. In bowling, Leicestershire had an erratically successful group of seamers in Terry Spencer, Brian Boshier, John Cotton and Jack van Geloven, plus the spin of John Savage.

Another change was in the captaincy: Tony Lock, the former England and Surrey spinner who had galvanised Western Australia.

The 1970s and the first golden era

Ray Illingworth, again from Yorkshire, instilled self-belief to the extent that the county took its first ever trophy in 1972, the Benson & Hedges Cup with Chris Balderstone man of the match. This was start of the first golden era as the first of five trophies in five years and included Leicestershire's first ever County Championship title in 1975. A couple of runners up spots were also thrown in. [2]

The game when Leicestershire won their first ever County Championship, on 15 September 1975, marked something of a personal triumph for Chris Balderstone. Batting on 51 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, after close of play he changed into his football kit to play for Doncaster Rovers in an evening match 30 miles away (a 1–1 draw with Brentford). Thus he is the only player to have played League Football and first class cricket on the same day. He then returned to Chesterfield to complete a century the following morning and take three wickets to wrap up the title. To add to that season's success for Leicestershire was a second Benson & Hedges victory. [2]

The 1980s

A runners up spot in the 1982 County Championship brought some respectability, but the decade's only first class silverware was in the 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup with Balderstone still on board making him the most successful trophy winner in the club's history with six. [2]

Success in the late 1990s

Leicestershire won the county championship in 1996, and again in 1998. This was an amazing achievement considering the resources of the club compared to other county teams. This Leicestershire side, led by Jack Birkenshaw and James Whitaker, used team spirit and togetherness to get the best out of a group of players who were either discarded from other counties or brought through the Leicestershire ranks.

This team did not have many stars, but Aftab Habib, Darren Maddy, Vince Wells, Jimmy Ormond, Alan Mullally and Chris Lewis all had chances for England. West Indian all-rounder Phil Simmons was also named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the year in 1997 while playing for the club.

2000 and beyond: Twenty20 success and four-day struggles

The advent of Twenty20 cricket saw Leicestershire find a new source of success, winning the domestic T20 competition in 2004, 2006 and 2011. However, in the era of two-division County Championship cricket they have found success more difficult to come by, having not played in the top division since 2003 and been regular "wooden spoon" contenders. In 2013 and 2014 they finished without a single Championship win, the first team to achieve this unwanted feat in back to back seasons since Northamptonshire just before World War II.

Grounds

Current

Previous

Players

Current squad

No.NameNationalityBirth dateBatting StyleBowling StyleNotes
Batsmen
5 Harry Dearden Flag of England.svg  England 7 May 1997 (age 23)Left-handedRight-arm off break
21 Sam Evans Flag of England.svg  England 20 December 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm off break
42 Hassan Azad Flag of England.svg  England 7 January 1994 (age 26)Left-handedRight-arm off break
67 Nick Welch Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 5 February 1998 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm leg break UK passport
Rishi Patel Flag of England.svg  England 26 July 1998 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
All-rounders
7 Arron Lilley Flag of England.svg  England 1 April 1991 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm off break
8 Ben Mike Flag of England.svg  England 24 August 1998 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
34 George Rhodes Flag of England.svg  England 26 October 1993 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm off break
48 Colin Ackermann* Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4 April 1991 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm off break Club Captain
Scott Steel Flag of England.svg  England 20 April 1999 (age 21)Right-handedRight-arm off break
Wicket-keepers
23 Lewis Hill Flag of England.svg  England 5 October 1990 (age 30)Right-handed
28 Harry Swindells Flag of England.svg  England 21 February 1999 (age 21)Right-handed
Bowlers
10 Callum Parkinson Flag of England.svg  England 24 October 1996 (age 24)Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
31 Chris Wright Flag of England.svg  England 14 July 1985 (age 35)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
44 Will Davis Flag of England.svg  England 6 March 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
72 Alex Evans Flag of England.svg  England 9 August 2000 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
77 Dieter Klein  Double-dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 31 October 1988 (age 32)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
93 Gavin Griffiths Flag of England.svg  England 19 November 1993 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Ed Barnes Flag of England.svg  England 26 November 1997 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Nathan BowleyFlag of England.svg  England 3 August 2001 (age 19)Left-handedRight-arm off break

Former captains

International players

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Members of the current squad warming up

Records

Most first-team winners medals for Leicestershire

Batting

Best partnership for each wicket (county championship)

Bowling

Fielding

Sub Academy

The Leicestershire Sub Academy is designed for young cricketers who have potential to play at the highest level. It is also called the EPP (Emerging Player Programme). Many players who are involved in this set up move on to the LCCC academy, where they will play matches against academies from other counties.

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