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Marylebone Cricket Club

Marylebone Cricket Club. The world's premier cricket club. The MCC was founded in 1787 by a group of noblemen headed by the earl of Winchilsea, Lord Charles Lennox, the duke of York, and the duke of Dorset and based at Thomas Lord's ground in Dorset Square, London. It replaced the Hambledon Cricket Club as the country's leading club and governed the game for 182 years until control passed to the Cricket Council in 1969. During its rule the MCC set up bodies to administer county, test, and world-wide cricket affairs. Its importance as a playing club declined and from 1877 Middlesex Cricket Club shared its ground.

Richard A. Smith

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