Surrey celebrates 172nd birthday

Kia Oval 172 birthday story

Published: 18th October, 2017

Wednesday 18 October 2017 marks 172 years since the birth of Surrey County Cricket Club.

The fourth oldest of the current 18 first-class counties, behind Sussex, Nottinghamshire and Kent, Surrey was formally constituted following a dinner at the Horns Tavern in Kennington on this day in 1845.

Following a meeting that had taken place at the same location on 21st August of that year, the agreement was in place for Surrey to be formed less than two months later.

Since then, the Club has enjoyed some incredible success at the Kennington Oval, leased from the Duchy of Cornwall, including 18 County Championship titles.

That partnership with the Duchy of Cornwall has seen Surrey use the Prince of Wales’ feathers on their badge from 1915 onwards.

The most successful era for the county came in the 1950s as Surrey claimed seven consecutive County Championship titles with the likes of club legends Ken Barrington, Peter May, Alec Bedser, Tony Lock, Jim Laker and captain Stuart Surridge in the side.

The club’s most recent era of county domination came at the turn of the century with Adam Hollioake’s side winning three County Championship titles in four seasons and also claiming the inaugural Twenty20 Cup in 2003.

Having become just the fourth ground in the world to host 100 men’s Test matches, Surrey are now looking to the future with plans to extend the Kia Oval’s capacity to 40,000 announced earlier this year.

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