Durham County Cricket Club is an English first-class cricket team based at the Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
Durham CCC was founded on May 23, 1882 and the club played its first competetive match on June 12 of that year, beating Northumberland by 4 wickets at the Ashbrooke Ground, Sunderland.
In 1989 the Club began the process of applying to become a first-class cricketing county and join the County Championship. First-class status was awarded in December 6, 1991 with Durham becoming the first new first-class county for 70 years. Their first season in the County Championship was the 1992 season.
Durham is English cricket's youngest first-class county. The County Ground at the Riverside is also the newest addition to the English test match circuit, which hosted the first match, England v Zimbabwe in the second npower Test, June 2003.
The full ground capacity, including permanent and temporary seating, is 15,000.
It is a wonderful place to watch cricket and you will be made most welcome by the friendly locals who deserve every accolade for making this dream come true in County Durham.
This is a lovely ground, well-signed, and easy to get to, with plenty of carparking near the ground. There were traffic queues when we arrived for a 20/20 match in August between Durham and Lancashire, but nothing too annoying. Seats were comfortable enough, with a good view of the ground. we didn't particularly like the scantily-clad Durham cheerleaders and the increasingly excitable spectators who'd spent a lot of time in the beer tents, but would have put up with that if there'd been good cricket. But the rains came, bringing several prolonged interruptions, and in the end the game was abandoned. Not the club's fault, any cricket ground is miserable in the wet, but maybe they could do more for spectators when it does rain. The bars and shop got very crowded, there were queues at the unsheltered concessions. My friend said the chips were the worst he'd ever tasted anywhere, but he was wet and cold himself so that may be unfair.
been numerous times to durham county cricket club to watch england and durham very easy to find and well signposted plenty of on site parking at a cost, very enjoyable day at the riverside as the stewards always make you feel welcome and nothing is to much trouble if you have any problems. never had any complaints about this excellent cricket venue
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