On 18th July 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. These days a squad of 16 players are selected to play 5 matches during a week normally towards the end of June.
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.
To date 191 players from around the Country have represented BPCC
There have been 2 overseas Tours, Zimbabwe 1995 and South Africa 2004
2016 saw their 1st Tour to Northern Ireland where only 12 overs were bowled all week – in fact these were on all Day 1 v Ireland U19.
The 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
RP Baker (Surrey) 1973-78
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 18th July 2013 a Dinner to celebrate 40th Anniversary of BPCC was held at Derbyshire CCC where around 120 guests, present and past players, including those from the first BPCC fixture in 1973 enjoyed a fantastic evening where stories were exchanged and much reminiscing done. They were also treated to the after-dinner speaking of Howard Webb (Premier League & Fifa Referee) and Robert Croft (Glamorgan CC and England)
Nearly £4500 was raised for C.O.P.S (Care of Police Survivors)
Since 2016 BPCC Tour week has raised in excess of £5000 for Make-A-Wish and will continue to fundraise for charities during all future Tours
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