In 1985 and sponsored by “Dunlop” Lord’s launched a Counties Veterans Cricket Competition for the Over 50’s which today is known as the England Cricket Board (ECB) Competition. Dorset had no problem putting out a side and in that season played one match against Gloucestershire which was subsequently lost.
1986 saw two fixtures taking place against Wiltshire and Wales respectively and sadly, both ended in defeat. Not to be deterred and with the competition becoming more popular with the addition of more counties 1987 saw Dorset register their first victory which was against Hampshire at Blandford. With this maiden victory under their belt the Dorset 50+ side went from strength to strength.
1989 saw a change in sponsors to “The Perry Contracts Hire” and the Southern Counties Group consisted of sides from Dorset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Wales, Devon and Cornwall. This was a highly competitive group which saw the Dorset side win 3 and lose 3.
As the years have gone by the ECB competition has gone from strength to strength with 5 groups across the Country and the winners of each of the groups contesting a knock out stage to find the overall champions. The best Dorset has achieved is runners-up to Lancashire in 1993 losing by 8 wickets.
2016 was a good season for the ECB XI qualifying for the knock out stages by finishing 2nd in our group. Sadly, we lost to Surrey in the quarter final but were able to chase 290 only to lose because we lost 1 more wicket than the opposition.
This year (2017) the Southern Counties Group of the ECB Competition consists of Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset, Isle of Wight, Devon, Cornwall, Hampshire and Channel Isles with each County playing each other once.
In 2007 the Southern Counties Senior Championship (SCSC) was launched with Dorset winning the Competition in its inaugural year and again in 2014 when we defeated Wales by 9 wkts in the final at Trowbridge Cricket Ground.
Sadly, during the 2016 seasonthe SCSC XI were defeated in the semi final away to Oxfordshire by 4 wkts.
This season (2017) 12 teams have entered the Competition which will continue to be split into 2 Group's with each team playing each other Home & Away and the winners of each group contesting a play-off final. The Western Group consists of Dorset, Wales, Somerset, Gloucesterhire, Cornwall and Devon and the Eastern Group consists of Hampshire, Surrey, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hertfordshire. Once again this competition gives the opportunity to play cricket against some of the Counties not involved in our ECB group. Each County can include a maximum of 2 forty-niners within their side.
If you would like to join the club and you are 49 or older then please contact our Team Manager, Ian Bradley (Bradders), on 07870497394 or any other club member within the contact's page of this website.