Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are one of England and Wales’ eighteen first-class county clubs, representing the county of Northamptonshire. The club currently competes in Division Two of the County Championship, the North Division of the Royal London One-Day Cup and the North Division of the T20 Vitality Blast. The club plays at the County Cricket Ground, Northampton. Northamptonshire CCC was founded in 1878 in a meeting at the George Hotel, Kettering. The club initially held minor status but proved to be a key member of the Minor Counties Championship in the 1890s and was promoted to the County Championship in 1905. The club has been an official first-class team ever since, becoming a List A team in 1963 and a senior Twenty20 team in 2003. Northamptonshire CCC has never won the County Championship although it has finished runner-up four times in its history, most recently in 1976. However, the club had a strong reputation for one-day cricket in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In recent years Northamptonshire has been particularly successful at t20 cricket, as its t20 team the Northants Steelbacks won the t20 Blast competition in 2013 and 2016 and were runners-up in 2015.