Bedford Cricket Club
Address: The Bury, Church Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK41 0UZ
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Founded in 2006 after the folding of the town's original club, (Bedford Town CC), Bedford Cricket Club now plays hosts to three senior teams, a Development XI and fourteen junior teams ranging from Kwik cricketers through to Under 16 level.
The 1st XI, boasting players who went on to play Minor Counties, found success in the Northamptonshire Premier League before a mass exodus of players left the club short of members. Opting to start from the bottom of the pyramid, BCC worked on gaining enough members to field a single senior side, starting life in Division 5 of the Bedfordshire County Cricket League. BCC also fielded a competitive XI in the Bedfordshire Millman League, winning Division Two and being promoted to the top division of the revamped Bedfordshire Invitational League, which two XI's now play in Divisions 1 & 3.
After two promotions on Sundays, the Sunday 1st XI will start life in 2015 in Division 3, while the Development XI continue to develop junior players to a magnificent standard, with four players gaining their maiden centuries last season.
2015 looks to be a major year for the club's aspirations, as a major refurbishment of the long-standing pavilion begins in February thanks to a £75,000 grant from Sport England plus contributions from the Mayor of Bedford and other sponsors.
Possibly one of the club's greatest achievements since starting again at the bottom of the ladder was becoming the Bedfordshire Invitational Twenty20 champions in 2013, thanks to a narrow 13-run victory in the final vs Pavenham & Felmersham. This was after a comfortable 6-wicket victory in the semi-final vs Langford, all of which took place on one Finals Day at our home ground, The Bury.
Bedford CC's junior setup is one of the best in the county, with the Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14 sides having considerable success in recent years. Junior Head coach, Harvinder Singh, is one of the county's few ECB Level 3 coaches, and his junior sides have become unbeatable under his guidance. The Under 12 county side went the whole of 2012 and 2013 without defeat, before losing their winning streak at the start of the 2014 season.
An Under 13 side have also had great success in the Portman Cup competition, reaching the regional stages twice in the last three years. Bedford Cricket Club are also running a Girls side full time for the first time in their history in 2015, after the U13's won the first Bedfordshire competition last season.
The club aspire to be one of the county's leading forces, hoping to reignite the days of the 1960's where the club hosted an Ashes Tour match and a considerable number of first-class Benson & Hedges Cup fixtures.