Baseball may be thought of as an American sport with a long and illustrious history, but cricket actually predates it. In fact, cricket was being played here before it became the United States, and historical records as early as 1709 have chronicled its existence.


William Byrd, owner of the Westover Plantation in Virginia, noted in his diary for 6 May 1709: “I rose about 6 o’clock and Colonel Ludwell, Nat Harrison, Mr. Edwards and myself played at cricket, and I won a bit.” Read more


The first public report of a cricket match in North America, when the New York Gazette and the Weekly Post Boy carried an account of a match between a London "eleven" and one from New York City. Read more


Benjamin Franklin brought back from England a copy of the 1744 Laws, cricket’s official rule book. Read more


There is anecdotal evidence that George Washington's troops played what they called "wickets" at Valley Forge in the summer Read more

1783 onwards

Interest in all things British waned after the American Revolution but cricket gradually increased in popularity. By the mid-1800s cricket was played in 22 states by up to a thousand clubs Read more


An advertisement for cricket equipment appeared in the New York Independent Journal Read more


The earliest known drawing or engraving of cricket is this one of students playing in Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Read more


One of the oldest founded collegiate cricket clubs is established in Haverford College, Pennsylvania Read more


The first match between the USA and Canada took place at the St George’s Club of New York on 24 and 26 September Read more


Abraham Lincoln attends a match of cricket billed between Chicago and Milwaukee Read more


On 6 September, 12 professional cricketers of England met at the George Hotel, Liverpool, to embark for America on the steamer Nova Scotian the following morning Read more


On 3-5 October the first international game took place between England and XXII of the United States at Hoboken, New Jersey, England scoring 156 and dismissing the USA XXII for 38 and 54 Read more


"Cricket was by far the biggest sport [in the USA] in this period," says Tim Lockley, an expert in American history at Warwick University. "Then the civil war started in 1861, just when it was reaching its peak of popularity. The sport became a victim of that war." Read more

1861 - 1865

The Civil War stunted cricket’s growth as baseball became more popular in camps. It also only took a couple of hours to complete rather than several days Read more


Jupp’s England XI played two games in Philadephia, which became the hot bed of USA cricket talent Read more


First team from the USA visit England – a team of baseballers who also played cricket Read more


The first issue of “The American Cricketer” magazine launched on 28 June Read more


The Australian XI captained by D. W. Gregory, after finishing its first tour of England, met Philadelphia on 3, 4 and 5 October Read more


The Philadelphians toured England for the first time Read more


Lord Hawke led a team to Philadelphia Read more


A highly-successful Philadelphian tour of the UK – playing first-class matches Read more


The first MCC team tours the USA and Canada Read more


Philadelphian Bart King headed the English first-class bowling averages Read more


The Philadelphians played the last first-class game of cricket on the US Cricket Mainland for more than 90 years Read more


After the First World War, interest in cricket faded and interest in baseball swamped cricket thanks partly to Babe Ruth’s exploits in the 1920s Read more


The final issue of “The American Cricketer” Magazine rolls off the presses Read more


An Australian touring side including the great Donald Bradman toured North America Read more


The Auty Cup rivalry between USA and Canada resumes in Toronto after a 51 year hiatus as Canada win by an innings at the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club Read more


The USA are admitted as Associate Members of the ICC Read more


The USA participated in the ICC Trophy for the first time Read more


USA win 7 out of 8 group games at the 1986 ICC Trophy in England, but narrowly miss out on net-run rate for the semi-finals in a tournament that Zimbabwe went on to win and qualify from Read more


USA reach the final of the Plate in the 1994 ICC Trophy held in Kenya having been knocked out of the group stages due to a narrow 3 wicket defeat to Bangladesh. Read more


In September of 1999 Woodley Park in Los Angeles played host to a series of five 50 over games between Australia A and India A. Australia won the series 5 nil and featured the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Damian Martyn, and Andrew Symonds. India A featured Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra. Read more


The USA completed a best ever 6th place finish at the ICC Trophy held in Canada, narrowly missing out on a place in the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup Read more


The USA participated in the ICC Champions Trophy after winning the ICC Six Nations Tournament Read more


USA qualified for the 2006 U19 World Cup in Sri Lanka by virtue of winning the ICC Americas U19 Championship in 2005. They were knocked out by New Zealand in the Plate Championship Semi-Final, Pakistan were the tournament champions. Read more


USA participate in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier for the first time and despite a big win in their opening match, they come up short of the 'Super 4' stage of the tournament that is hosted in the UAE. Read more


USA competed in the U19 World Cup for a second time in 2010, this time the host country was New Zealand. They beat Afghanistan in their final match of the tournament to finish 15th out of 16 teams. Read more


USA Women compete in the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier for the first time and despite a thrilling 1 run win over Zimbabwe, they fail to qualify from the group stages of the event in Bangladesh. Read more


Two wins from seven matches including a huge win over Scotland saw USA not advance in the 2012 edition in the UAE as they lost their ranking play-off match to finish in 12th place overall. Read more


Despite a win over Canada in their opening match at Abu Dhabi, USA finish bottom of their pool in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013. Read more


Wins over Jersey, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea were not quite enough to take USA closer to their first ever appearance at the ICC World Twenty20 although they missed out on the playoffs by just 1 point in Ireland. Read more


USA Players get picked up in the Caribbean Player League draft for the first time as part of a partnership with ICC Americas. Several players including batsman Steven Taylor make their debut in the league. Read more


Huge crowds greet India's first official international matches in the United States as Fort Lauderdale's international ground plays host to thrilling Twenty20 internationals against the West Indies. Read more


USA win ICC World Cricket League Championship Division 4 on home soil after a thrilling tournament in Los Angeles. Read more


USA win the Auty Cup win back from Canada in Toronto, triumphing 2-1 to claim the trophy for the first time in 26 years. Read more