A History Of Police Cricket - From 1973 To Present Day
On July 18 1973 British Police Cricket Club played its first fixture v MCC at Bramshill Police College.
Further fixtures against a County XI, British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Club Cricket Conference were introduced in 1974, 75 & 76 which led to a regular Tour taking place on an Annual basis.
Time cricket was eventually replaced with limited games (55 overs) to the present day where 50 over cricket is the norm.
In 2012 BPCC played its 1st T20 game v British Fire & Prison Services. This was brought about and by the necessity to keep pace with the improvements of standards seen by the Armed Forces who began playing this format a few years earlier.
There are currently 2 Tours undertaken each year by BPCC. The June Tour used to be 5 x 50 over games v 3 Armed Services, County Development XI and Club Cricket Conference. This has in recent years been a combination of 50 over & T20 to assist the Forces in their preparation for their Annual IST20 Day at Lords.
The July Tour based in the East Midlands has been used to introduce new players to BPCC cricket and several have gone onto play the following year on the main Tour week.
To date 161 players from around the Country have represented BPCC
There have been 2 overseas Tours, Zimbabwe 1995 and South Africa 2004
The Police Service is still attracting players from the Professional Game which include:-
CJ Cook (Nottinghamshire) 1974 - 75
MST Dunstan (Gloucestershire) 1971 -74
CJ Scott (Lancashire) 1977 - 82
AJ Mack (Glamorgan & Surrey) 1976 - 80
IM Richards (Northamptonshire) 1976-79
AW Hampshire (Yorkshire) 1975
CD Fraser-Darling (Nottinghamshire) 1984 - 88
GW Humpage (Warwickshire) 1974 - 90
GK Brown (Middlesex) 1986 - 92
ML Roberts (Glamorgan) 1985 - 91
MJ Thursfield (Hampshire/Middlesex/Sussex) 1990 - 97
M Davies (Glamorgan / Gloucestershire) 1990 - 95
CJ Hewison (Nottinghamshire) 1990
A Sheriyar (Kent/Leicestershire/Worcestershire) 1994 - 2006
JP Pyemont (Derbyshire/Sussex) 1997 - 2002
R Grant (Glamorgan) 2002 - 08
RE Watkins (Glamorgan) 2001 - 09
On Thursday 18 July 2013 BPCC will play Royal Navy at Ockbrook & Borrowash CC (Derbyshire) as part of the 2nd Tour week which will be the 40th Anniversary Match.
In the evening there will be a Charity Dinner in marquee at Derbyshire CCC with Guest Speakers Howard Webb and Robert Croft.
There will be a couple of Raffles and an Auction with proceeds going to C.O.P.S (Care of Police Survivors)
Full details of BPCC can be found at www.britishpolicecc.play-cricket.com