Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen professional major clubs in English domestic cricket. All the home games of the county are played at the New Road cricket ground in Worcester which has a maximum capacity of 4500.
The Worcestershire county was introduced to cricket during the early 18th century. On 4th March 1865 the official formation of the Worcestershire County Cricket Club took place. However till the end of 1898 the team was exposed only to the Minor County Championships. As the performance of the Worcestershire county was getting improved in the Minor County Championships, in 1899 the team played in their debut first class championship. The debut match was played in May 1899 against the Yorkshire cricket county.
From 1901 to 1907 the superstar batsman who lead the county to success was Tip Foster. He was a very good batsman who performed consistently throughout the career. Further during the 1920s the team was seeded amongst the lowest ranked teams in the table. The cricketing success of this team came to a halt till the 1950s.
During the 1960s Worcestershire experienced their first signs of success. After a long span of 30 years the team was able to win 2 county championships. The players who played a significant role in the success of the team were Len Coldwell, Tom Graveney, Jack Flavell, Basil D’Oliveria and Norman Gifford.
Several reputed players like Zaheer Khan, Chaminda Vaas, Shoiab Akhtar, Andy Bichel, Glenn McGrath, Younis Ahmed, Glenn Turner, Ron headley, Nawab of Pataudi and Tip Foster were associated with the Worcestershire team at some point of their career. World Famous players like Kapil Dev, Ian Botham and Imran Khan have found their name in the cricket Hall of Fame.
In the year 2007 Worcestershire had a disappointing beginning that comprised of the worst defeat for any team since 1934. On the other hand the team played extremely well in the Pro40 tournament and defeated Gloucestershire to become the title holders.
1 Friends Provident title
4 Pro40 titles
5 County championship titles