Northumberland County Cricket Club

Northumberland County Cricket Club

Northumberland County Cricket Club is one of the county clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Northumberland and playing in the Minor Counties Championship and the MCCA Knockout Trophy.

The club is based at Osborne Avenue, Jesmond and also plays matches around the county at Benwell Park and at the South Northumberland CC ground at Gosforth.

The Minor Counties play three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, Northumberland competes in the Eastern Division of the Minor Counties Championship. The team is currently captained by Phil Nicholson, who is also a teacher at the Kings School, Tynemouth, where he teaches history and ancient history.



  • Minor Counties Championship (0) - ; shared (0) -
  • MCCA Knockout Trophy (1) - 2006

Earliest cricket

Cricket probably reached Northumberland during the 18th century. According to Bowen, the earliest reference to cricket in the county was in 1766.

Origin of club

A county organisation existed in 1834. The present Northumberland CCC was founded in December 1895 and joined the Minor Counties Championship in the second season of the competition, 1896. It has remained there ever since with the exception of 1898, when it did not compete.

Club history

The view from the street outside of one of the club's venues, Osborne Avenue, Jesmond.

Northumberland has never won the Minor Counties Championship.

Northumberland won the MCCA Knockout Trophy for the first time in August 2006, beating Dorset in the final.

Famous players

The following Northumberland cricketers made an impact on the first-class game:


Further reading

  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • G B Buckley, Fresh Light on 18th Century Cricket, Cotterell, 1935
  • E W Swanton (editor), Barclays World of Cricket, Guild, 1986
  • Playfair Cricket Annual – various editions
  • Wisden Cricketers Almanack – various editions