Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Summary

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.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club
One Day nameLeicestershire Foxes
Personnel
CaptainLewis Hill
One Day captainTBC
Peter Handscomb (T20)
CoachAlfonso Thomas
Overseas player(s)Peter Handscomb
Marcus Harris
Wiaan Mulder
Ajinkya Rahane
James Neesham (T20)
Paul Stirling (T20)
Chief executiveSean Jarvis
Team information
Founded25 February 1879
Home groundGrace Road, Leicester
Capacity6,000 cricket matches / 19,999 concerts
History
First-class debutMCC
in 1895
at Lord's
Championship wins3
Pro40 wins2
FP Trophy wins0
One-Day Cup wins1
Twenty20 Cup wins3
Benson & Hedges Cup wins3
Official websiteLeicestershireCCC

First-class

One-day

T20

Grace Road cricket ground, Leicester
The Pavilion End
The Bennett Road End

The club is based at Grace Road in Leicester, known as Uptonsteel County Ground for sponsorship reasons. and have also played home games at Aylestone Road in Leicester, at Hinckley, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Coalville inside the traditional county boundaries of Leicestershire.

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

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First XI honours

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

Second XI honours

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Runners-up: 1961, 1975
  • Second XI Trophy (5) – 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2014
  • Second XI Twenty20 Cup (1) – 2014
  • Minor Counties Championship (1) – 1931
  • Under-25 Competition(2) – 1975, 1985

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

History

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Earliest cricket

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A runners-up spot in the 1982 County Championship brought some respectability, but the decade's only 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

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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

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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

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Current

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Previous

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Players

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Current squad

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  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • ‡ denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
Batters
1 Sol Budinger   England (1999-08-21) 21 August 1999 (age 24) Left-handed Right-arm off break
3 Ajinkya Rahane ‡   India (1988-06-06) 6 June 1988 (age 36) Right-handed Right-arm medium Overseas player
14 Marcus Harris ‡   Australia (1992-07-21) 21 July 1992 (age 32) Left-handed Overseas player
17 Louis Kimber   England (1997-02-24) 24 February 1997 (age 27) Right-handed
21 Sam Evans   England (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break
23 Lewis Hill*   England (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 33) Right-handed Club captain
26 Rishi Patel   England (1998-07-26) 26 July 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
39 Paul Stirling ‡   Ireland (1990-09-03) 3 September 1990 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm off break Overseas player (T20 only)
All-rounders
8 Ben Mike   England (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
16 Rehan Ahmed ‡   England (2004-08-13) 13 August 2004 (age 19) Right-handed Right-arm leg break England central contract
19 Sam Wood   England (2004-09-11) 11 September 2004 (age 19) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium
22 Ian Holland ‡   United States (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium UK Passport;
On loan from Hampshire
24 Wiaan Mulder ‡   South Africa (1998-02-19) 19 February 1998 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas player
50 James Neesham ‡   New Zealand (1990-09-17) 17 September 1990 (age 33) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium Overseas player (T20 only)
80 Liam Trevaskis   England (1999-04-18) 18 April 1999 (age 25) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
88 Tom Scriven   England (1998-11-18) 18 November 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Wicket-keepers
7 Ben Cox   England (1992-02-02) 2 February 1992 (age 32) Right-handed
28 Harry Swindells   England (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999 (age 25) Right-handed
54 Peter Handscomb ‡   Australia (1991-04-26) 26 April 1991 (age 33) Right-handed Overseas player;
Captain (T20)
Bowlers
18 Matt Salisbury   England (1993-04-18) 18 April 1993 (age 31) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
20 Josh Hull   England (2004-08-20) 20 August 2004 (age 19) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium
31 Chris Wright*   England (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 39) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
32 Scott Currie ‡   Scotland (2001-05-02) 2 May 2001 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium On loan from Hampshire
49 Roman Walker   Wales (2000-08-06) 6 August 2000 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium

Former captains

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International players

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Members of the 2007 squad warming up

Records

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Most first-team winners medals for Leicestershire

  • J. C. Balderstone – 6

Batting

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  • Highest team total: 756-4d v. Sussex, Hove, 2022
  • Highest home team total: 638-8d v. Worcestershire, Grace Road, 1996
  • Lowest team total: 25 v. Kent, Leicester, 1912
  • Highest total against: 761-6d by Essex, Chelmsford, 1990
  • Lowest total against: 24 by Glamorgan, Leicester, 1971
  • Highest individual score: 309* by HD Ackerman v. Glamorgan, Sophia Gardens, 2006.
  • Highest home individual score: 262 by Brad Hodge v. Durham, Grace Road, 2004
  • Highest partnership: 477* by C. N. Ackermann and P. W. A. Mulder v. Sussex, Hove, 2022

Best partnership for each wicket (county championship)

  • 1st – 390 B. Dudleston and J. F. Steele v. Derbyshire, Leicester, 1979
  • 2nd – 320 Hassan Azad and N. J. Dexter v. Gloucestershire, Leicester, 2019
  • 3rd – 316* W. Watson and A. Wharton v. Somerset, Taunton, 1961
  • 4th – 290* P. Willey and T. J. Boon v. Warwickshire, Leicester, 1984
  • 5th – 477* C. N. Ackermann and P. W. A. Mulder v. Sussex, Hove, 2022
  • 6th – 284 P. V. Simmons and P. A. Nixon v. Durham, Chester-le-Street, 1996
  • 7th – 219* J. D. R. Benson and P. Whitticase v. Hampshire, Bournemouth, 1991
  • 8th – 239 L. P. J. Kimber and O. B. Cox v. Sussex, Hove, 2024
  • 9th – 160 R. T. Crawford and W. W. Odell v. Worcestershire, Leicester, 1902
  • 10th – 228 R. Illingworth and K. Higgs v. Northamptonshire, Leicester, 1977

Bowling

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Fielding

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  • Most dismissals in an innings: 7 by Neil Burns v. Somerset, Grace Road, 2001
  • Most dismissals in a match: 10 by Percy Corrall v. Sussex, Hove, 1936

Sub Academy

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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.

References

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  1. ^ ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ a b c "Queen of the South FC - Official website". Qosfc.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  4. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.

Further reading

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  • Leicestershire County Cricket Club – Official Site
  • Friends of Grace Road - Supporters' Group
  • The Meet – Fan's Site
  • CricInfo Page
  • Cricket Archive Page Archived 24 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  • BBC Sport Page