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Welcome To Bedfordshire County Cricket Club

A WELCOME TO BEDFORDSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB WEBSITE FROM THE PRESIDENT

It's 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. This will include match reports during the summer.

The 2014 season proved to be another disappointing one for the club with a bottom-but-one finish in the Eastern Division of the Unicorns Minor County Championship and an early exit from the one-day competition. Hope springs eternal though, and indeed there is considerable optimism that this season it will not be misplaced given the signing of former Northamptonshire all-rounder James Middlebrook.

Middlebrook, an off-spin bowler who was also Northamptonshire's leading run-scorer last season, becomes the fourth captain in three seasons and it is hoped that his vast experience will galvanise the team. Middlebrook takes over the reins from Andy Reynoldson, who stood in at the last moment for James Hewitt, who himself had taken over the previous season when Steve Stubbings had to step down after being appointed to the Derbyshire coaching staff. Reynoldson has been appointed vice-captain.

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 the groups playing off for the championship 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 don't play three counties on a rota basis. Obviously this is not ideal, but nobody as yet has been able to come up with a solution. There is also a one-day competition in which you can be drawn against any county from the two divisions, and this season there will also be a 20/20 competition.

Bedfordshire have won the Minor Counties Championship twice - in 1970 and 1972 - and shared the title in 2004 after a rain affected final with Devon. We won the Eastern Group in 1997, but were beaten in the play-off by Devon. Bedfordshire won the one-day competition in 1999, beating Cumberland in the final at Lord's, and also reached the final in 1983 and 1996.

Date

Competition

Opponents  

Venue

12 April

Friendly

Oxfordshire

Ampthill Town CC

19 April

Friendly

2nd XI vs. Beds League

Luton Town & Indians

26 April

KO

Hertfordshire

Hertford

3 May

KO

Suffolk

Dunstable CC

4 May (Monday)

KO

Cambridgeshire

Luton Town & Indians

10 May

KO

Norfolk

Manor Park

24-26 May

Championship

Norfolk

Luton Town & Indians

31 May

T20

Hertfordshire

Harpenden

14 June

KO Quarter Final

 

Away or Cople

21 – 23 June

Championship

Hertfordshire

Hertford

28 June

T20

Fenners Winners

Cople

5 – 7 July

Championship 

Buckinghamshire

Burnham

12 July

T20 Final

Chester B Hall,  Colwall & Exmouth winners

Banbury

19 -21 July 

Championship 

Cumberland

Bedford School

26 July

KO Semi Final

 

Dunstable CC or Away

2 - 4 August

Championship

Suffolk

Ipswich School

16 -18 August

Championship

Northumberland

Luton Town & Indians

26 August

KO Final

 

Wormsley

6 - 9 Sept

Championship Final

Eastern Winners

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