The History of Durham County Cricket Club

23 May 1882

Durham C.C.C was formed in The Three Tuns Hotel, Durham

12 June 1882

First match played as Durham C.C.C at Ashbrooke, Sunderland.
Durham beat Northumberland by 4 wickets.


Durham C.C.C played in the inaugural Minor Counties Championship,(formerly called the Second Class County Championship) with seven other counties. They finished joint champions with Norfolk.


Durham C.C.C also won the Minor Counties Championship in 1900, 1901, 1926, 1930, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1984 – a record equalling nine times.


Durham beat Yorkshire in the Gillette Cup to become the first Minor County to beat First Class opposition in this competition.

1976 - 1982

Durham C.C.C created a record of 65 games without defeat – a Minor Counties record that still stands today.

March 1989

-Durham C.C.C committee decided to begin procedures to apply to become a first class cricketing county.

6 December 1991

TCCB awarded Durham C.C.C First Class status, the first county to be granted such status for 70 years.

1992 Ian Botham represented England in the World Cup whilst contracted to Durham.

14-16 April 1992

Durham CCC played their first ever first class match against Oxford University at the Parks - the match was drawn.

19 April 1992 Durham C.C.C played its first home game as a First Class County against Lancashire in the Sunday League, at the Racecourse Ground. Durham won by 9 runs.
1992 Ian Botham represented England in a Test Match against Pakistan whilst playing for Durham.

May 1995

Durham C.C.C moved to its' new permanent home at Riverside, Chester-le-Street, after having played for four years at various grounds in County Durham including as Racecourse Ground, Durham; Chester-le-Street Cricket Club; Darlington Cricket Club; Hartlepool Cricket Club; Stockton Cricket Club and Gateshead Fell Cricket Club.

18/19/20/22 May 1995 Durham played Warwickshire in the first first-class fixture at the Riverside. Warwickshire won the game.

13 October 1995

HM The Queen officially opened The Don Robson Pavilion at Riverside.

July 1996

Simon Brown became the first locally born Durham player to be capped for England at Lord's against India.

September 1996

The Durham Cricket Academy was formed to nurture young cricketers from County Durham into First Class Cricket.

20 May 1997

Phase Two at Riverside was officially opened. Kevin Keegan unveiled the plaque for the County Stand before the Tourist match between Durham C.C.C and Australia.

13 May 1998

Michael Gough made his First Class debut for Durham C.C.C, the first graduate of the Durham Cricket Academy to do so. Michael has since represented England Under 19 in the World Cup winning squad in 1998, and captained the England U19 side on the 1999 tour of New Zealand and the series against Australia in England.

April 1999

Durham announced their new 'nickname' for the CGU National League competition - the Durham Dynamos.

20 / 27 May 2021

Durham C.C.C hosted two ICC Cricket World Cup group matches at Riverside, which saw Pakistan beat Scotland and Australia beat Bangladesh. The two victors met each other in the final at Lord's in June 1999, which Australia won.

13 July 1999

The first competitive Floodlit match to be held in the North East was played at Riverside between the Durham Dynamos and Derbyshire Scorpions. Durham won the match.

Summer 1999 Ian Hunter and Graeme Bridge, both members of Durham Cricket Academy, played for England U19s.
Summer 1999 Gary Pratt, Jon Kean and Nicky Peng represented England U19s.

18 September 1999

Durham qualifies for the First Division in the County Championship at Grace Road.

1999/2000 Winter

Michael Gough toured New Zealand and Bangladesh with England 'A', Stephen Harmison was also picked for the tour but withdrew due to injury.

May 2000

Stephen Harmison was picked for an England Squad (12 players) to play against Zimbabwe in a two match series at Lord's and Trent Bridge. Stephen did not play in either test.

9 June 2000 Brian Hunt celebrated 25 years as scorer for Durham County.
15/16 June 2001 July 2000 Durham C.C.C hosted two One day International's England v West Indies & West Indies v Zimbabwe at Riverside. (England v West Indies was a 15,000 Sell Out)
16 September 2000 Lesley Garrett concert staged at the Riverside in aid of the Lord's Taverner's Charity
8 December 2000 Stephen Harmison was forced to pull out of the England A tour to the West Indies due to injury.
15 December 2000 Kate Hoey, Minister for Sport, visited Durham CCC.
31 December - 6 February 2021 Under 19 Tour of India including Gordon Muchall, Ian Pattison, Nicky Peng and Gary Pratt.
17 January 2001 Martyn Moxon signed a three-year contract with Durham as First Team Coach.
7 June 2001 Paul Collingwood made his One-Day International debut for England against Pakistan at Edgbaston in the NatWest Series.
16 June 2001 The NatWest Series Match between Australia and Pakistan was abandoned due to rain at 1.55pm without a ball being bowled. The match had sold out (12,000) in advance.
14 August 2001

Inaugural Floodlit Corporate 8 a-side tournament held at the Riverside.

28-31 August 2001 U19 Test Match between England and West Indies held at the Riverside. Match drawn.
29 August 2001 Nicky Peng and Stephen Harmison selected for the National Cricket Academy based in Adelaide, Australia. (27/10/01 - 15/12/01 and 12/01/02 - 15/03/01)
9th September 2001 Durham Dynamos finish second in the Norwich Union League Division Two and gain promotion to Division One for 2002.
18 September 2001 Nicky Peng awarded PCA Young Player of the Year 2001.
26 September 2001 Paul Collingwood picked for England Squad to compete in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes tournament (10 & 11 November 2020)
January 2002 Nicky Peng appointed Captain of England for the U19 World Cup 2002 in Australia and New Zealand. Gary Scott is also included in the squad.
4 July 2002 Durham County Cricket Club host their first floodlit international in the NatWest Series between England and India.
4 July 2002 Paul Collingwood became the first Durham player to represent England in a game at the Riverside.
8 August 2002 Steven Harmison became the first Durham Academy graduate to represent England in a Test Match with match figures of 49 overs, 12 maidens, 120 runs, 5 wickets with 3 for 57 in the second innings.
September 2002 Work due to commence on building Indoor School, with plans nearly finalised.
October Health and leisure centre and a covered stand with 2,500 seats due to be built.
5-9 June 2003 Durham to host its first Test Match between England and India. Riverside is the first new ground in 100 years to be awarded a Test Match.

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