Cricket


Sir Arthur Wellesly, later Duke of Wellington introduced cricket in Thalassery, sometime during the last decade of the eighteenth century. He did not have enough players in his establishment. He got his persons, dhobies who washed his clothes near the well in one corner of the Thalassery stadium, fisherfolk from their colony and many others to make up the numbers. It took more than half a century (1860) for the first cricket club, Tellicherry Town Cricket Club, to be formed.

In 1890, Tellicherry and Cannanore played a cricket match at Cannanore. Murkoth Kumaran also took part in that match. Tellicherry team had walked to Cannanore to play that match and returned on foot late at night.

conor vial stadium

In 1912 the first proper pitch was laid at Thalassery stadium by an Enlgish Engineer Anson.

Cricket was not only a way of life but was also a leveller where people of all castes, creeds, vocations and class joined together. Most of the British officials like the Sub Collector, Collector, S.P., Managers of British comapnies played cricket with indians. Those were the days when India had not entered the test arena, Ranji trophy tournaments and others that followed, had not been heard of in the country.

In November 2008, modern and exclusive cricket stadium developed at Conorvayal was inaugurated. First Ranji Trophy match at stadium was on 03-11-09 between Kerala and Andhra. Indian pace bowler Sreesanth played in this match.

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