History

According to Rowland Bowen in his Growth and Development of Cricket, the first reference to cricket being played in the county of Berkshire was in 1751. Cricket certainly reached Berkshire much earlier than that for it originated on the Wealdin Saxon or Norman times and was definitely being played in Berkshire’s neighbouring county of Surrey in 1550.

The first definite mention of cricket in Berkshire relates to the famous all rounder Thomas Waymark who resided at Bray Wick, near Maidenhead in the 1740s, though there are earlier mentions of the game at Eton College. The first definite mention of cricket in Berkshire relates to a team called “Buckinghamshire, Berkshire & Hertfordshire” in September 1740, which played two matches against London Cricket Club at Uxbridge and the Artillery Ground. London won the first “with great difficulty” but no post-match report was found of the second. See H. T. Waghorn: Cricket Scores 1730–73.

By the late 18th century, Berkshire had achieved first-class status. Its strength was in the prominent Old Field Club of Bray, near Maidenhead, which had a team representative of Berkshire as a county and was capable of taking on other leading teams of the time. The first time Berkshire is recorded as a county team is in a match against Surrey in June 1769 and the county was top-class from then until August 1795 when, after losing to MCC at Lord’s, it abruptly ceased to appear in first-class matches.

Club Origins

The Oldfield Club was effectively a Berkshire county team but it was not formally constituted as a county club. Rowland Bowen’s researches discovered evidence of a county organisation by 1841, but it may only have been a loose association of local clubs, as was sometimes the case elsewhere.

Berkshire CCC was founded on 17 March 1895, the same year that the Minor Counties Championship began. It did not compete in the first year of the competition but joined for 1896.

MCCA/NCCA CHAMPIONS: 
1924, 1928, 1953, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
MCCA/NCCA TROPHY WINNERS: 
2004, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
MCCA/NCCA T20 WINNERS: 
2018

 

 

 

PRESIDENT

1896-1917 – H R H Prince Christian, KG

1919-1934 – J H Benyon

1935-1944 – A T Loyd, OBE, JP

1945-1967 – Lord Remnant

1968-1990 – Lord Palmer, OBE

1991-2000 – JJ War

2001-2009 – G A Clift

2009- 2022 – F W Neate

2023- D C R Hall

 

TREASURER

1896-1905 – J Simmonds

1906-1947 – J H Simmonds, CB

1947-1963 – Major M H Simmonds

1964-1975 – D H Maddox

1976-1988 – D J Laker

1989-2001 – C J Fright

2002-2021 – GG Fyffe

2009- 2022 – F W Neate

2022- Dr C Sweeney

 

CHAIRMAN

1896-1898 – C T Murdoch, MP

1899-1905 – C K Keyser, JP

1983- 2004 – LA Sears

2004-2014 – CJ Fright

2014-2021 – NB Doody

2022- ML Simmons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HON. SECRETARY

1896-1901 – W O Nares

1902-1903 – Capt. J W St L Wheble

1904-1926 – Major C Turner

1927-1928 – Major A C G Luther

1929-1932 – Capt. R Fort

1933-1937 – Capt. G R Dunlop

1938-1944 – A H M Salmon

1945-1946 – A H M Salmon & H H Lewis

1946-1972 – H L Lewis

1973-1989 – C F V Martin, MC

1990-1994 – CMS Crombie

1994-1998 – J A W Carlisle

1999-2021 – R M New

2022- E Davison

CAPTAIN

1896-1899 – A C M Croome

1900-1902 – J A Gibb

1903-1914 – Sir C Y Nepean

1920-1932 – Dr. W Y Woodburn

1933 – H L Lewis

1934-1936 – Dr. W Y Woodburn

1937-1953 – Dw Stokes

1954-1955 – J A Mence

1956-1959 – G R Langdale

1960-1970 – A T Davis, JP

1971-1975 – F W Neate

1976-1978 – M D Mence

1979-1981 – G E J Child

1982-1986 – J F Harvey

1987-1995 – M L Simmons

1996-2000 – G E Loveday

2001-2006 – J R Wood

2007-2012 – B H D Mordt

2013-2021 – J C Morris

2022- – D J Lincoln

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berkshire CCC - Captain - Dan Lincoln

Berkshire CCC Captain – Dan Lincoln

Berkshire CCC - Cricket Chairman - Mark Simmons

Berkshire CCC Chairman – Mark Simmons

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