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Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
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Nevil Road
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Cricket is believed to have reached Gloucestershire in the late 17th century. However, it is known that 'Stow-Ball', a game related to cricket played with a bat known as a 'stave', had been around in Gloucestershire since at least the 16th century. The earliest recorded game of cricket in the county was played in Gloucester in 1729. Gloucestershire County Cricket Club was officially founded in 1871, although there are records dating from 1863 of a team in Cheltenham who are believed to be the forerunners of Gloucester CCC. In the early days the team was dominated by the Grace family, particularly W G Grace, who is probably the most famous cricketer of all time. His father, Dr H M Grace was involved in the foundation of the club. Another great to have played for Gloucestershire was Wally Hammond, who scored a staggering 33,664 runs for Gloucestershire. W G Grace was one of the greatest all rounders of all time, scoring 22,808 runs and taking 1,339 wickets for his county. During Grace's time (the 1870s) the team enjoyed an abundance of success and won the title of Champion County on three occasions outright and another shared. Unfortunately, since the beginning of the official County Championship as it is known today, Gloucestershire has failed to win the title. Gloucestershire are currently in the County Championship Second Division


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