- Suffolk County Cricket Club
Minor Countiesplay three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, Suffolk competes in the Eastern Division of the Minor Counties Championshipand in the MCCA Knockout Trophy.
* The Victory Ground,
Bury St Edmunds
* The Park,
ExningHome of [http://www.exningcc.com Exning Cricket Club]
* Old London Road,
Copdock(Copdock and Old Ipswichians C.C.)
* Wamil Way,
* Sidegate Avenue (Ransomes),
Woodbridge School, Woodbridge
* Minor Counties Championship (3) - 1946, 1977, 1979; shared (1) - 2005cite web|url=http://www.ecb.co.uk/news/non-first-class/minor-counties/minor-counties-roll-of-honour,1480,BP.html|title=Minor Counties Roll of Honour|publisher=www.ecb.co.uk|accessdate=2008-08-27]
* MCCA Knockout Trophy (1) - 2007
Cricket had probably reached Suffolk by the end of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to cricket in Suffolk was in 1743 [Bowen, p.263] .
The first county match was Norfolk v Suffolk at Bury St Edmunds Race Course on Thursday
23 August 1764, which was won by Norfolk. This was reported in the "Gazetteer & London Daily Advertiser" on Tuesday 28 August[Buckley, p.43] . More games against Norfolk followed.
Origin of club
A county organisation was formed on
27 July1864 and a county side took part in the Minor Counties Championship from 1904 to 1914, with no great success. The present Suffolk CCC was founded in August 1932 and rejoined the Minor Counties Championship in 1934.
Suffolk is rated first-class in four 19th century matches.
The Bury Club of Suffolk became prominent in the 1820s, especially after
Fuller Pilchjoined it in 1824. The club played a number of matches against decent opposition and eventually was able to take on MCC. Some of these games were "borderline" but in 1830 a Bury side with given men (one of them Jem Broadbridge) played MCC in two matches that are rated first-class.
After this, the Bury Club declined but then staged a revival in the 1840s and was again able to challenge MCC. Two matches in 1847, in which Suffolk had given men, are rated first-class.
Suffolk has won the Minor Counties Championship four times, one of them shared. It won outright in 1946, 1977 and 1979. Its most recent success was a shared title with Cheshire in 2005.
SCCC played their first game at Lord's on (bank holiday) Monday, 27 August 2007 in the Minor Counties Knock-out Final, winning the trophy for the first time.
The following Suffolk cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game:
* [http://www.suffolkcricket.co.uk/ Club website]
* [http://uk.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/NATIONAL/ENG/MINOR/MCCA/ Minor Counties Cricket Association Official Site]
* [http://suffolkcb.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp Play Cricket] - Suffolk
Rowland Bowen, "Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development", Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
G B Buckley, "Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket", Cotterell, 1935
Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volume 2 (1827-1840)", Lillywhite, 1862
Arthur Haygarth, "Scores & Biographies, Volume 3 (1841-1848)", Lillywhite, 1862
Playfair Cricket Annual– various editions
Wisden Cricketers Almanack– various editions
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