Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club

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Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club
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Captain: Darren Thomas
Founded: 1988
Home ground: Various
Minor Counties Championship wins: 0
MCCA Knockout Trophy wins: 0
Official website: Wales MCCC

Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club, representing the historic counties of Wales except Glamorgan, is currently the only non-English member of the Minor Counties Championship in the England and Wales domestic cricket structure.

The Minor Counties play three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, Wales competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship. It joined the championship in 1988 after Somerset's second eleven left the competition.

Honours[edit]

  • Minor Counties Championship (0)
  • MCCA Knockout Trophy (0)

Club history[edit]

Welsh counties formerly competed individually in the Minor Counties Championship. Glamorgan was easily the most successful and it became first-class in 1921. The others were Carmarthenshire from 1908 to 1911; Denbighshire from 1930 to 1935; and Monmouthshire from 1901 to 1934.

Following the withdrawal of the Somerset Second XI from Minor Counties cricket at the end of the 1987 season, Wales Minor Counties entered Minor Counties cricket for the 1988 season as their replacement. However Wales Minor Counties is yet to win the Minor Counties Championship or MCCA Knockout Trophy.

The county first played List A cricket in the 1993 NatWest Trophy against Sussex.[1] The county appeared in eighteen List A matches from 1993 to 2005, winning eight and losing ten, the majority of which against first-class opponents.[1] Wales Minor Counties lost the right to play List A cricket when the Minor counties were excluded from the Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy from the 2006 season onward.[2]

Famous players[edit]

See List of Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club List A players and Category:Wales Minor Counties cricketers

The following Wales Minor Counties cricketers also made an impact on the first-class game or are of note in other fields:

Grounds[edit]

The club have no fixed home, but play their matches at various grounds across Wales. Grounds used for the 2011 season include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List A Matches played by Wales Minor Counties". CricketArchive. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Briggs, Simon (24 December 2004). "Minor counties denied their day in sun". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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