A Chronological 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.

9 April 1992

Durham C.C.C played its first game as a First Class County against Lancashire in the Sunday League, at the Racecourse Ground. Durham won by 9 runs.

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.

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.

18 September 1999

Durham qualify for the First Division in the County Championship after a nailbiting finish at Grace Road.


Durham C.C.C had four players representing England. Melvyn Betts and Stephen Harmison with England, and Michael Gough and Marc Symington with the England U19 team. In addition, Ian Hunter and Graeme Bridge, both members of the Durham cricket academy played for England Under 19's. Gary Pratt, Jon Keane and Nicky Peng Gillender also represented England Under 17's.

15 / 16 July 2021

Durham C.C.C to host two One day International's England v West Indies & West Indies v Zimbabwe at Riverside.

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