Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Derbyshire. Its limited overs team is called the Derbyshire Phantoms. Kit colours are dark and light blue.

The club is based at the County Cricket Ground, previously known as the Racecourse Ground, in the city of Derby. In 2006, for the first time in eight years, County Cricket returned to Queen's Park, Chesterfield with a County Championship game against Worcester and a One Day League game against Surrey. Other first-class cricket grounds used in the past have included Buxton, Saltergate in Chesterfield, Heanor, Ilkeston, Blackwell, Abbeydale Park in Sheffield, Wirksworth and Burton upon Trent (3 grounds), which is actually in Staffordshire. One-day contests have been played at Darley Dale, Repton School, Trent College and Knypersley (also in Staffordshire).

In 2008 the club play in Division Two of both the County Championship and the One Day League. The captain is Chris Rogers and the coach is former England international John Morris. The 2008 shirt sponsor is Printability, printing design consultants based in Chesterfield. UK Security is the sponsor on the reverse.


  • County Championship (1) - 1936
  • FP Trophy (1) - 1981
  • National League (1) - 1990
  • Benson & Hedges Cup (1) - 1993


Most first-class runs for Derbyshire
Qualification - 15000 runs

Player Runs
Kim Barnett 23854
Denis Smith 20516
Derek Morgan 17842
Leslie Townsend 17667
Stan Worthington 17000
Arnold Hamer 15277

Most first-class wickets for Derbyshire
Qualification - 1000 wickets

Player Wickets
Les Jackson 1670
Cliff Gladwin 1536
Billy Bestwick 1452
Tommy Mitchell 1417
Derek Morgan 1216
Edwin Smith 1209
Bill Copson 1033

Derbyshire recorded their highest ever score, 801 for eight declared, against Somerset at Taunton in 2007. Their score beat their previous highest ever score, of 707 for 7 declared also against Somerset also at Taunton in 2005. Simon Katich scored 221, Ian Harvey 153, Ant Botha 101 and James Pipe 106. Derbyshire broke the record despite losing Phil Weston and Chris Taylor to Andy Caddick in the first over without a run on the board.

Earliest cricket

Cricket may not have reached Derbyshire until the 18th century. The earliest reference to cricket in the county is a match in September 1757 between Wirksworth and Sheffield Cricket Club at Brampton Moor, near Chesterfield.

Origin of club

The formation of Derbyshire CCC took place on 4 November 1870 at a meeting in the Guildhall, Derby.

Derbyshire CCC played its initial first-class match versus Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 26 & 27 May 1871 and joined the (then unofficial) County Championship.

Club history

Although the club had some good results in its early seasons, it struggled for the most part and before the 1888 season, following a run of disastrous results, Derbyshire was demoted from first-class status. Derbyshire recovered first-class status in 1894 and rejoined the County Championship in 1895.

Although the county then had a quite strong team due to the bowling of George Davidson, Joseph Hulme and George Porter and the batting and wicketkeeping of William Storer, William Chatterton and Bagshaw, within three years they had hit rock-bottom, going through 1897 without a win due to their best bowlers losing their powers.

From this point up to 1925, Derbyshire were perennially among the weakest counties, losing every single match in 1920 despite the efforts of Sam Cadman and Arthur Morton, persevering professionals. From 1926, the nucleus of a good team emerged around some doughty batting from Denis Smith, Stan Worthington and George Pope. Pope's bowling and that of his brother Alf, leg spinner Tom Mitchell and seam bowler Bill Copson took the team to their one and so far only Championship victory in 1936. They won 13 of their 28 matches outright and five on first innings. Worthington, Les Townsend, Smith and Alderman all passed 1,000 runs and Copson and Mitchell took over 100 wickets, with Alf Pope taking 94. Charles Elliott, who later became a test umpire and selector, was another member of this team which was captained by AW Richardson.

There have been more downs than ups in post-war years. Though runs came regularly from Arnold Hamer and less consistently from the West Indian Laurie Johnson and captain Donald Carr, the batting remained the weak point right up to the beginning of covered pitches in the 1980s. However, a series of seam bowlers served England as well as Derbyshire. The list began with Copson and continued with Cliff Gladwin, Les Jackson, Harold Rhodes, Alan Ward, Mike Hendrick and, most recently Devon Malcolm and Dominic Cork. Spin was in short supply apart from the steady work of Edwin Smith and the underrated allrounder Geoff Miller, the current(2008) chief selector of the England team and noted after-dinner speaker.
The signing of Eddie Barlow, the famous South African in 1976 and the lengthy period under the captaincy of Kim Barnett starting in 1983, meant the side were rarely uncompetitive. However the last few seasons have seen the side struggling in Division Two of the County Championship.

Ground History

This following table gives details of every venue at which Derbyshire have hosted a first-class or List A cricket match:

Name of ground Location Year FC
Bass Worthington Ground Burton upon Trent 1975-1976 2 0 0 2
Burton-on-Trent CC Ground Burton upon Trent 1914-1937 13 0 0 13
County Ground, Derby Derby 1871-present 715 300 18 1033
Highfield Leek 1986-2005 0 6 0 6
Ind Coope Ground Burton upon Trent 1938-1980 35 7 0 42
Miners Welfare Ground Blackwell 1909-1913 7 0 0 7
North Road Ground Glossop 1899-1910 15 0 0 15
Park Road Ground Buxton 1923-1986 48 10 0 58
Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898-1998, 2006-present 402 86 0 488
Repton School Ground Repton 1988 0 1 0 1
Rutland Recreation Ground Ilkeston 1925-1994 93 16 0 109
Station Road Darley Dale 1975 0 1 0 1
Tean Road Sports Ground Cheadle 1973-1987 0 2 0 2
Town Ground Heanor 1991-1993 1 8 0 9
Trent College Long Eaton 1975-1979 0 5 0 5
Uttoxeter Road Checkley 1991-1993 0 2 0 2
Victoria and Knypersley Social Welfare Centre Brown Lees 1985-1990 0 3 0 3
Source: cricketarchive
Updated: 19 May 2008

2008 squad

The Derbyshire squad for the 2008 season consists of (this section could change as players are released or signed, international players in bold):

Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Daniel Birch LHB RMF
Paul Borrington RHB RMF
Wavell Hinds LHB RM Kolpak player
Daniel Redfern LHB OS
Chris Rogers LHB SLA Captain since departure of Rikki Clarke. Overseas player, except during Twenty20 Cup
John Sadler LHB OS
Steve Stubbings LHB OS
Dominic Telo RHB RM EU (Portugal) Passport
Greg Smith RHB RM Kolpak player
Graham Wagg RHB LFM
Wayne White RHB RMF
Frederik Klokker LHB
Tom New LHB On loan from Leicestershire
James Pipe RHB
Thomas Poynton RHB
Jonathan Clare RHB RM
Kevin Dean LHB LFM
Ian Hunter RHB RMF
Charl Langeveldt RHB RFM Kolpak player, signed April 2008
Tom Lungley LHB RM
Jake Needham RHB OS
Chris Paget RHB OS


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