Worcester County Cricket Club dates back to March 1865 when the club was officially founded during a meeting at The Star Hotel, Worcester. It is uncertain when cricket reached Worcestershire but it seems likely to have been some time earlier than the first known reference to cricket in the county. This dates back to 1829, with the first known match by a Worcestershire representative team being in 1844 when a Worcestershire team took on Shropshire.
An influential figure in the development of Worcestershire County Cricket Club was Paul Foley, who came from a family of iron masters in Stourbridge. He began to involve himself with the club in about 1880, and had much to do with the development of the Minor Counties League, in which Worcestershire were highly successful during its formative years. The success at the Minor Counties level helped Worcestershire gain recognition and led to the team gaining acceptance into the County Championship and the first-class ranks in 1899.
Since joining the County Championship, Worcestershire had to wait a long time for major honours. In 1964 they finally won the County Championship and retained the title in 1965. Since then they have also won the title in 1974, 1988 and 1989.
Worcestershire County Cricket Club play their games at one of the most picturesque grounds in the world, New Road. With the Cathedral providing a stunning backdrop and cricket of the highest order, it is a great day out for all ages.
Cricket is played throughout the summer (when the weather allows), so please check the club’s website for the latest fixtures.
Worcestershire County Cricket Club
Tel: +44 (0) 1905 748474