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Dorset County Cricket Club

2016 - Message from the Coach

With Pre-season indoor practice finished, the Dorset CCC squad are looking forward to getting out in the middle and we kick off with a friendly against Wiltshire on the 9th April at South Wilts CC.

The playing squad and I are looking forward to a hard but enjoyable summer.  We are being hosted by great clubs both home and away and look forward to playing cricket at these venues.

With an exciting mix of talented youth and experience within the squad, we are looking forward to what should be a very interesting and satisfying start to a new era of Dorset cricket.

Paul Prichard

Head Coach

Season Update - 14.06.16

Starting on time, Dorset CCC scored 168-4 off 34.2 overs before rain curtailed their innings (Tom Arnold 69*, Luke Webb 47).  With the stoppage leaving just 34 overs to be bowled, the Duckworth Lewis calculation required Wiltshire CCC to reach a target of 222.

Fortunately, their innings was uninterrupted and, after losing a couple of quick wickets, they proceeded at a steady pace with Steve Bullen (113) and stand-in captain Ed Young (50) putting on 152 for the 3rd wicket.  With just 3 overs to go and Bullen still in full flow, Wiltshire needed just 30 runs which, in the context of the game, looked easily gettable.  In what turned out to be an inspired change of bowling, Chris Park brought on Masoor Khan and that next over probably changed the course of the game as he dismissed both former Dorset vice-captain Jake Lintott and opener Steve Bullen whilst conceding only 3 runs.  A tight penultimate over from Mark Wolstenholme left Wiltshire requiring 18 runs from the last over from Khan.  1, 1, dot….exhales, 4, 6! Six runs required from the final ball…..pitched up….one run and a very happy band of Dorset players.  You can’t get any closer than a last ball thriller.

Dorset will host Staffordshire, who beat Norfolk in a bowl-out, in the semi-final on July 10th, whilst Devon (beat Cumberland on D/L) will entertain Herefordshire (beat Bedfordshire in a rain reduced match)

Don't forget that you can follow us online via TCS Live Scores, which can be accessed via the link on this page, or by following @Dorset_CCC on Twitter.


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.

To apply for membership of Dorset CCC, or to register your email address as an existing member, please email : for information and an application form.  To become an online member, select the Sign Up option above.