Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Leicestershire County Cricket Club is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Leicestershire. It has also been representative of the county of Rutland. The club's limited overs team is called the Leicestershire Foxes. Founded in 1879, the club had minor county status until 1894 when it was promoted to first-class status pending its entry into the County Championship in 1895.[1] Since then, Leicestershire have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

Leicestershire County Cricket Club
One Day nameLeicestershire Foxes
Paul Horton
List A
Paul Horton
Colin Ackermann
Coach Paul Nixon
Overseas player(s)TBA
Chief executive Karen Rothery
Team information
Founded25 February 1879
Home groundGrace Road, Leicester
Capacity5,500 cricket matches / 20,000 concerts
First-class debutMCC
in 1895
at Lord's
Championship wins3
Pro40 wins2
FP Trophy wins0
Twenty20 Cup wins3
Benson & Hedges Cup wins3
Official website:LeicestershireCCC




The club is based at Grace Road, Leicester and have also played home games at Aylestone Road in Leicester, at Hinckley, Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Ashby-de-la-Zouch and in Coalville inside the traditional county boundaries; and at Uppingham and Oakham over the border in Rutland.

In limited overs cricket, the kit colours are red with black trim in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and black with red trim in the T20. The shirt sponsors are Oval Insurance Broking with Highcross Leicester (shopping centre) on the top reverse side of the shirt.

Leicestershire are in the second division of the County Championship and in Group C of the Pro40 one day league. They recently finished bottom of the County Championship for the sixth time since the introduction of two divisions. Their best showing in recent years has been in the Twenty20 Cup with the Foxes winning the trophy three times in eight years.


First XI honours

Runners-up (2) – 1982, 1994
Runners-up: 1972, 2001
Runners-up: 1992, 2001
Runners-up: 1974, 1998

Second XI honours

Runners-up: 1961, 1975
  • Second XI Trophy (5) – 1993, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2014
  • Second XI Twenty20 Cup (1) – 2014
  • Minor Counties Championship (1) – 1931
  • Under-25 Competition(2) – 1975, 1985

+ 1 Bain Hogg Trophy – 2nd 11 one-day competition – 1996


Earliest cricket

Cricket may not have reached Leicestershire until well into the 18th century. A notice in the Leicester Journal dated 17 August 1776 is the earliest known mention of cricket in the county. Soon afterwards, a Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket Club was taking part in important matches, mainly against Nottingham Cricket Club and Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). This club was prominent from 1781 until the beginning of the 19th century.

19th century

Little more is heard of Leicestershire cricket until the formation of the present club on 25 March 1879.

Essex CCC versus Leicestershire CCC at Leyton on 14, 15 & 16 May 1894 was the first first-class match for both clubs. In 1895, the County Championship was restructured into a 14-team competition with the introduction of Essex, Leicestershire and Warwickshire CCC.

Early and mid-20th century

Leicestershire's first 70 years were largely spent in lower table mediocrity, with few notable exceptions. In 1953, the motivation of secretary-captain Charles Palmer lifted the side fleetingly to third place, but most of the rest of the 1950s was spent propping up the table, or thereabouts.

Start of improvement: The late 1950s and the 1960s

Change came in the late 1950s with the recruitment of the charismatic Willie Watson at the end of a distinguished career with England and Yorkshire. Watson's run gathering sparked the home-grown Maurice Hallam into becoming one of England's best opening batsmen. In bowling, Leicestershire had an erratically successful group of seamers in Terry Spencer, Brian Boshier, John Cotton and Jack van Geloven, plus the spin of John Savage.

Another change was in the captaincy: Tony Lock, the former England and Surrey spinner who had galvanised Western Australia.

The 1970s and the first golden era

Ray Illingworth, again from Yorkshire, instilled self-belief to the extent that the county took its first ever trophy in 1972, the Benson & Hedges Cup with Chris Balderstone man of the match. This was start of the first golden era as the first of five trophies in five years and included Leicestershire's first ever County Championship title in 1975. A couple of runners up spots were also thrown in.[2]

The game when Leicestershire won their first ever County Championship, on 15 September 1975, marked something of a personal triumph for Chris Balderstone. Batting on 51 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield, after close of play he changed into his football kit to play for Doncaster Rovers in an evening match 30 miles away (a 1–1 draw with Brentford). Thus he is the only player to have played League Football and first class cricket on the same day. He then returned to Chesterfield to complete a century the following morning and take three wickets to wrap up the title. To add to that season's success for Leicestershire was a second Benson & Hedges victory.[2]

The 1980s

A runners up spot in the 1982 County Championship brought some respectability, but the decade's only first class silverware was in the 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup with Balderstone still on board making him the most successful trophy winner in the club's history with six.[2]

Success in the late 1990s

Leicestershire won the county championship in 1996, and again in 1998. This was an amazing achievement considering the resources of the club compared to other county teams. This Leicestershire side, led by Jack Birkenshaw and James Whitaker, used team spirit and togetherness to get the best out of a group of players who were either discarded from other counties or brought through the Leicestershire ranks.

This team did not have many stars, but Aftab Habib, Darren Maddy, Vince Wells, Jimmy Ormond, Alan Mullally and Chris Lewis all had chances for England. West Indian all-rounder Phil Simmons was also named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the year in 1997 while playing for the club.

2000 and beyond: Twenty20 success and four-day struggles

The advent of Twenty20 cricket saw Leicestershire find a new source of success, winning the domestic T20 competition in 2004, 2006 and 2011. However, in the era of two-division County Championship cricket they have found success more difficult to come by, having not played in the top division since 2003 and been regular "wooden spoon" contenders. In 2013 and 2014 they finished without a single Championship win, the first team to achieve this unwanted feat in back to back seasons since Northamptonshire just before World War II.





Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
2Paul Horton England (1982-09-20) 20 September 1982Right-handedRight-arm mediumClub captain
5Harry Dearden England (1997-05-07) 7 May 1997Left-handedRight-arm off break
21Sam Evans England (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997Right-handedRight-arm off break
42Hassan Azad England (1994-01-07) 7 January 1994Left-handedRight-arm off break
48Colin Ackermann*  Netherlands (1991-04-04) 4 April 1991Right-handedRight-arm off breakList A & T20 captain
55Mark Cosgrove  Australia (1984-06-14) 14 June 1984Left-handedRight-arm mediumUK passport
7Arron Lilley England (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991Right-handedRight-arm off break
8Ben Mike England (1998-08-24) 24 August 1998Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
George Rhodes England (1993-10-26) 26 October 1993Right-handedRight-arm off break
23Lewis Hill England (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990Right-handed
28Harry Swindells England (1999-02-21) 21 February 1999Right-handed
10Callum Parkinson England (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodox
16Tom Taylor England (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
31Chris Wright England (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
44Will Davis England (1996-03-06) 6 March 1996Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
77Dieter Klein South Africa (1988-10-31) 31 October 1988Right-handedLeft-arm fast-mediumGerman Passport
93Gavin Griffiths England (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium

Former captains

International players


Most first-team winners medals for Leicestershire

  • J. C. Balderstone – 6


Best partnership for each wicket (county championship)

  • 1st – 390 B. Dudleston and J. F. Steele v. Derbyshire, Leicester, 1979
  • 2nd – 320 Hasan Azad and Neil Dexter v. Gloucestershire, Leicester, 2019
  • 3rd – 316* W. Watson and A. Wharton v. Somerset, Taunton, 1961
  • 4th – 290* P. Willey and T. J. Boon v. Warwickshire, Leicester, 1984
  • 5th – 322 B. F. Smith and P. V. Simmons v. Nottinghamshire, Worksop, 1998
  • 6th – 284 P. V. Simmons and P. A. Nixon v. Durham, Chester-le-Street, 1996
  • 7th – 219* J. D. R. Benson and P. Whitticase v. Hampshire, Bournemouth, 1991
  • 8th – 195 J. W. A Taylor and J. K. H. Naik v. Derbyshire, Leicester, 2009
  • 9th – 160 R. T. Crawford and W. W. Odell v. Worcestershire, Leicester, 1902
  • 10th – 228 R. Illingworth and K. Higgs v. Northamptonshire, Leicester, 1977



  • Most dismissals in an innings: 7 by Neil Burns v. Somerset, Grace Road, 2001
  • Most dismissals in a match: 10 by Percy Corrall v. Sussex, Hove, 1936

Sub Academy

The Leicestershire Sub Academy is designed for young cricketers who have potential to play at the highest level. It is also called the EPP (Emerging Player Programme). Many players who are involved in this set up move on to the LCCC academy, where they will play matches against academies from other counties.


  1. ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. "Queen of the South FC - Official website". Qosfc.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  4. "The Home of CricketArchive". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013.

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