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Dorset County Cricket Club

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2014 Press Release - 29th January 2014

Chris Park has been appointed as Dorset CCC's Captain.  Tom Hicks stood down as Captain at the end of last season after seven very successful years as skipper, where he led the side to the Western Divisional Championship and outright Minor Counties Champions in 2010 and a Knockout Semi Final in 2012.  Tom will still be making himself available to play and will be a valuable member of the squad next season.  Chris Park is Dorset born and played for Kinston Lacy and Bournemouth before joining Northamptonshire CCC in 2002, where he was awarded the Academy Player of the Season in his first year.  He was released in 2005 and has played for Dorset CCC ever since, playing nearly 100 games in all competitions, scoring over 2,000 runs.  Chris was Vice-Captain to Tom Hicks for 4 seasons between 2008-2011 and recently has returned to live in the County.  He was the stand out candidate and was the unanimous choice of the Dorset CCC committee.  Chris has asked all-rounder Jake Lintott to be his Vice-Captain, whilst Alan Willows will remain as the 1st XI Coach, assisted by Julian Shackleton.

Dorset CCC are delighted to announce that they will play Hampshire CCC in 'Double Header' T20 Blast matches on Thursday 8th May at Dean Park.  This will provide Hampshire with valuable practice ahead of their domestic T20 campaign.  It will give them an opportunity to allow all of their squad match practice, coupled with the fact that they are celbrating their 150th Anniversary and Dean Park is where they won the County Championship for the second time back in 1973.  Further details about the start times for the two matches and ticketing prices will be unveiled in due course.

In other news, the Minor Counties Cricket Association (MCCA) have renamed their competitions to bring them in line with the Unicorns side that play in the First Class Domestic 50 over competition.  The Unicorns side is run by the MCCA and it seems a sensible idea to give the competitions fresh identity.  They will now be named 'Unicorns Counties Championship' and 'Unicorns One Day Trophy'.

The Dorset 'A' side will now be known as the Dorset Leopards; the side is used as a vehicle to give young talented players and Dorset 1st squad members the opportunity to showcase their talents.  Players who perform well for this side make the Dorset CCC selectors aware of who is knocking on the door for selection into the 1st XI.  This side will be Managed and Coached by Phil Calcott and Julian Shackleton.  A Captain for the side will be chosen during the winter training sessions.

If you wish to speak with Chris Park about his appointment as Captain, please ring him on 07921 101097 or speak to Coach Alan Willows on 07887 752891

The following Dorset players also played for, or had careers with, First-Class Counties:
Jimmy Adams Edward Freeman Steve Malone
William Andrew Archie Gibson Robert Manser
Peter Badham Harold Gimblett Dimitri Mascarenhas
John Baker John Gordon Walter McBride
Patrick Barrow James Graham-Brown Cuan McCarthy
Leslie Bean Hubert Greenhill Geoffrey Ogilvy
Rayner Blitz Jon Hardy Owen Parkin
Bertie Bolton Percy Hardy David Payne
Thomas Bowley Ælfric Harrison Vyvian Pike
Derek Bridge Geoffrey Hebden Colin Roper
Charles Brutton Bob Herman Lee Savident
Paul Carey Andrew Hodgson Richard Scott
Box Case Philip Hope Steve Selwood
Edgar Chester-Master William Hounsell Derek Shackleton
John Claughton Wilf Hughes Julian Shackleton
Alan Coleman William Jephson Roger Sillence
Robert Coombs Gilbert Jessop Harold Stephenson
Geof Courtenay Chris Jones Reginald Swalwell
Nigel Cowley George Jones David Taylor
Len Creese Steffan Jones Max Waller
Ray Dovey Matthew Keech John Watson
Charles Fawcus Andrew Kennedy Charles Johnston Bourne Webb
Rob Ferley Walter Lancashire Alan Willows
Lloyd Ferreira Jack Leach George Woodhouse
Douglas Freeman Richard Lewis Larry Worrell


Dorset County Cricket Club is one of the County clubs which make up the Minor Counties in the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Dorset and playing in the Minor  Counties Championship and the MCCA Knockout Trophy.  The Minor Counties play three-day matches at a level one below that of the first-class game.  At present, Dorset competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship.

According to Wisden, there was county organisation in existence in either 1862 or 1871 but the present Dorset County Cricket Club was established on 5th February 1896. Since then, it has played Minor Counties cricket since 1897 and played List A cricket from 1968 to 2004, using a different number of home grounds during that time. Their first minor counties fixture in 1897 was against Wiltshire at the Recreation Ground, Blandford Forum, while their first List A match came 71 years later against Bedfordshire in the 1968 Gillette Cup at Sherborne School. The club is based at Dean Park, Bournemouth, which also held first-class and List A cricket for Hampshire from 1897 to 1992.

Cricket must have reached Dorset via neighbouring Hampshire by the end of the 17th century.  An advertisement in the Sherborne Mercury, dated Tuesday 9th May 1738, is the earliest reference for cricket in Dorset.  Twelve Dorchester men at Ridgway Races challenged twelve men from elsewhere to play them at cricker for the prize of twelve pairs of gloves valued at a shilling a pair.

Dorset has won the Minor Counties Championship twice, in 2000 and 2010.

Dorset has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy once since its inception in 1983.  It won in 1988.