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English County Cricket Clubs: Gloucestershire

Posted by wildkiwi25 on January 26, 2009


Gloucestershire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Gloucestershire. Its limited overs team is called the Gloucestershire Gladiators.

The club plays most of its home games at the County Cricket Ground, Bristol. Currently, each season a number of games are played at both the Cheltenham and Gloucester cricket festivals held at the College Ground, Cheltenham and The King’s School, Gloucester.


  • Team totals:
  • Highest Total For: 653-6 declared v Glamorgan at Bristol (Greenbank) 1928
  • Highest Total Against: 774-7 declared by the Australians at Bristol 1948
  • Lowest Total For: 17 v the Australians at Cheltenham (Spa) 1896
  • Lowest Total Against – 12 by Northamptonshire at Gloucester 1907

  • Highest Score: 341 Craig Spearman v Middlesex at Gloucester in 2004
  • Most Runs in Season: 2860 WR Hammond in 1933
  • Most Runs in Career: 33664 WR Hammond 1920-1951
  • Most Hundreds in Career – 113 WR Hammond 1920-1951

    Best Partnership for each wicket:

  • 1st: 395 DM Young & RB Nicholls v Oxford University at Oxford 1962
  • 2nd: 256 CTM Pugh & TW Graveney v Derbyshire at Chesterfield 1960
  • 3rd: 336 WR Hammond & BH Lyon v Leicestershire at Leicester (Aylestone Road) 1933
  • 4th: 321 WR Hammond & WL Neale v Leicestershire at Gloucester 1937
  • 5th: 261 WG Grace & WO Moberly v Yorkshire at Cheltenham 1876
  • 6th: 320 GL Jessop & JH Board v Sussex at Hove 1903
  • 7th – 248 WG Grace & EL Thomas v Sussex at Hove 1896
  • 8th – 239 WR Hammond & AE Wilson v Lancashire at Bristol 1938
  • 9th – 193 WG Grace & SAP Kitcat v Sussex at Bristol 1896
  • 10th – 131 WR Gouldsworthy & JGWT Bessant v Somerset at Bristol 1923

  • Best Bowling: 10-40 EG Dennett v Essex at Bristol 1906
  • Best Match Bowling: 17-56 CWL Parker v Essex at Gloucester 1925
  • Wickets in Season: 222 TWJ Goddard in 1937 and 1947
  • Wickets in Career: 3170 CWL Parker 1903-1935

    Earliest cricket:
    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.

    Origin of club:
    Records from 1863 have been found of an organisation in Cheltenham that is believed to have been the forerunner of Gloucestershire CCC, which had definitely been founded by 1871. Exact details of the club’s foundation have been lost.

    The club played its initial first-class match versus Surrey at Durdham Down near Bristol on 2, 3 & 4 June 1870. Gloucestershire joined the (unofficial) County Championship at this time.

    Club history:
    The early history of Gloucestershire is dominated by the Grace family, most notably W G Grace. WG’s father, Dr H M Grace, was involved with the formation of the club. It was a successful period with Gloucestershire winning 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 enjoyed a run of success in one-day cricket in the late 1990s and early 2000s. They won several titles mainly under the captaincy of Mark Alleyne whilst being coached by John Bracewell.

    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.

    Gloucestershire reached the final of the 2007 Twenty20 Cup, where they narrowly lost to Kent.

    Links to more information on the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club:

  • Gloucestershire County Cricket Club official website
  • Gloucestershire CCC on
  • Gloucestershire CCC on
  • Gloucestershire Cricket Lovers Society

    *Acknowledgements to and owners of pictures and videos used.

  • One Response to “English County Cricket Clubs: Gloucestershire”

    1. Vertino Aleci said

      Hi there,
      Came across your blog because I’m a cricket fan. I am looking forward to some friendly banter given that New Zealand play the boys i follow India soon. Will be good to discuss the games talking points.

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