A WELCOME TO THE BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB WEBSITE FROM THE PRESIDENT
a great pleasure to welcome you to the official website of Bedfordshire
County Cricket Club. On this site we will try to keep you in touch with
all the news from the club. That will include regular match reports
during the summer.
The 2012 season proved to be another disappointing
one for the county with a bottom but one finish in the Minor Counties
Championship and an early exit from the one-day competition.
committee, though, took steps to address the situation and, following
the resignation of skipper Oliver Clayson, appointed Steve Stubbings as
captain/coach this year. He immediately set about organising training
sessions during the winter and his attention to detail seemed sure to
get the best out of the county's young squad.
leading the side in the first MCCA Trophy match against Oxfordshire, he
had to resign following an offer to become a full-time coach to
In his place the county have appointed Jamie Hewitt,
who has played first-class cricket for Middlesex and Kent and Minor
County cricket for Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire.
For those of you
who don't know, the Minor Counties Championship is split into two
divisions of east and west with the winners of each playing off in
September. Bedfordshire play in the eastern group with Buckinghamshire,
Cambridgeshire, Cumberland, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk,
Northumberland, Staffordshire and Suffolk.
Because of cost and
insufficient time each county plays only six games, which means that
each season you do not play three counties in your division on a rota
basis, Obviously this is unsatisfactory, but no solution is apparent to
There is also a one-day competition in which you can be drawn
against a county from either division. In the 2013 season we have been
grouped with Cornwall, Devon, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. The first
two in the group go through to the quarter finals of the competition.
have won the Minor Counties Championship twice - in 1970 and 1972. We
shared the title in 2004 after a rain-affected final against Devon. We
won the eastern group in 1997 but were beaten in the play-off by Devon.
won the one-day tournament in 1999, beating Cumberland by eight wickets
in the final at Lord's, and also reached the final in 1983 and 1996,
losing on both occasions to Cheshire.
Bedfordshire are proud of the
fact that three players who represented the county when they were aged
16 were chosen to tour India with England this winter - skipper Alastair
Cook, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar.
We do of course rely heavily
for financial support on members. If you are not currently a member, I
hope the interest you have shown in viewing this website will prompt you
FORMER PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
former players association was founded in 2002 and the club would like
to hear from as many old players as possible. The annual subscription is
£15, free if you are already a member of the county club itself.
further information contact either Pip August at 35 Amberley Gardens,
Bedford,MK40 3BT or Mike Green at 15 Riverside Towers,St Mary's Street,
Bedford, MK42 0AU; e-mail email@example.com
We would like to hear from you whether you played only one match or one hundred.
the eleven chosen to make up the best Bedfordshire side of the 20th
century was: George August, Wayne Larkins, Brian Disbury, Roger Cox,
Norman Cooley, Glyn Owen, John Oliver (captain), Arthur Coomb, Trevor
Morley, Graham Jarrett, Martin Ashenden.
The side chosen to
represent the Nineties was: Wayne Larkins, Neil Stanley, David Clarke,
Andy Roberts, Richard Dalton, David Mercer, Phillip Hoare (captain),
Chris Bullen, Bobby Sher, Matthew White, Gary Sandford.
for the last three decades is Wayne Larkins, Alan Fordham, Ray Swann,
David Clarke, James Knott, Richard Dalton, Andy Roberts, Graeme Swann,
Keith Jones, Shaun Rashid and Matthew White