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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

17 April

Friendly

Free Foresters

St Edward's

Oxford

Thursday 21 April

Friendly (6.30 pm)

Northamptonshire

County Ground

24 April

KO

Suffolk

Ampthill Town

1 May

KO

Buckinghamshire

Gerrards Cross

2 May (Monday)

Friendly

2nd XI vs. Beds League

 Luton Town & Indians

8 May

KO

Wiltshire

Dunstable Town

15 May

KO

Hertfordshire

Harpenden

5 - 7 June

Championship

Lincolnshire

Sleaford

12 June

KO Quarter Final

 

Dunstable/Away

19 – 21 June

Championship

Buckinghamshire

Luton Town & Indians

26 June

T20

Norfolk (Cambs or Suffolk)

Bury St. Edmunds

3 – 5 July

Championship 

Northumberland

Burnopfield

10 July

KO Semi Final

 

Cople

17 - 19 July 

Championship 

Staffordshire

Bedford School

31 July - 2 August

Championship

Cambridgeshire

March

14 -16 August

Championship

Hertfordshire

Flitwick

24 August

(Wednesday)

KO Final

 

Wormsley

28 - 31 Sept

Championship Final

Eastern Winners

Wormsley