Shropshire County Cricket Club

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Shropshire County Cricket Club
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Personnel
Captain Flag of England.svg Steve Leach
Coach Flag of England.svg Karl Krikken
Team information
Founded1844
Home ground London Road, Shrewsbury
Capacity3,000
History
Minor Counties Championship  wins1 (1973)
MCCA Knockout Trophy  wins1 (2010)
Official website Shropshire County Cricket Club home
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Shropshire County Cricket Club is one of twenty minor county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Shropshire.

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The team is a member of the Minor Counties Championship Western Division and plays in the MCCA Knockout Trophy. Shropshire played List A matches occasionally from 1974 until 2005 but is not classified as a List A team per se. [1]

The club plays at Shrewsbury and around the county at Bridgnorth, Oswestry, Shifnal, Wellington, and Whitchurch.

Honours

Origins

Cricket probably reached Shropshire in the 18th century. The first reference to cricket in the county was in August 1794, when a match was played on Kingsland then on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, by a 'Shrewsbury Cricket Society'. [2]

A county organisation existed in either 1819 or 1829, according to Wisden. In the latter year, according to Tony Percival, a club at Atcham was advertising to play county matches against teams from neighbouring counties but seemingly attracted little interest. The next revival occurred in 1844 when, following a letter from Shrewsbury solicitor G.M. Salt to Bell's Life in London asking for teams from neighbouring English counties or Wales to play Shropshire, Worcestershire played two matches both won by Shropshire. In 1862 a 'Shrewsbury Town and County Cricket Club' was announced to have been formed from an amalgamation of two clubs, by 1866 fixtures were being advertised in newspapers as Shropshire County alone. [2] The Shropshire County Club of this creation lasted until November 1905 when it was resolved a 'Gentlemen of Shropshire' club be formed in its place. [3]

The present county club is quite new, having been formed on 28 June 1956 and taking part in the Minor Counties Championship from 1957. [2]

History

Shropshire has won the Minor Counties Championship once, in 1973. [4] This was the first time the county had even finished in the top 10 of the Minor Counties competition.

Shropshire won the MCCA Knockout Trophy, an annual competition that began in 1983, in 2010.

Notable players

The following Shropshire cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game:

Also professional footballer Steve Ogrizovic played cricket for Shropshire.

Grounds

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References

  1. "List A events played by Shropshire". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Percival, Tony (1999). Shropshire Cricketers 1844-1998. A.C.S. Publications, Nottingham. p. 3. ISBN   1-902171-17-9.Published under Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians. From Introduction.
  3. Shropshire Cricketers 1844-1998. p. 4.
  4. Fissler, Neil. "Where are they now? Shropshire – 1973 Minor Counties champions". The Cricket Paper. Retrieved 22 June 2019.