Identification of potential players for Wiltshire County Seniors Cricket
The purpose of this note is to ask for your help in recruiting new players to our squads representing Wiltshire County Seniors Cricket.
The Wiltshire Seniors started playing competitively in the 1980s with between 6 to 7 fixtures per year. The Club has provided a marvellous vehicle for those who wish to continue playing at a competitive but friendly manner having finished or reduced their involvement in club cricket all be it at county, league or friendly matches.
From these small beginnings the Club has grown to between 35 to 40 matches per season so there are plenty of opportunities for cricketers to continue their careers at a level to suit them.
We run 4 teams each season, each of which I will explain in a moment. We are finding that our teams are getting older together. At senior ages, as you will appreciate, it is better to field players close to the youngest age limit for each team. We would be extremely grateful therefore if you could forward contacts to me below for anyone you think would want to play for our prestigious county teams.
45+ Development team
Our 45+ team plays 4 friendly fixtures a season and has the job of identifying prospective players ready for our older teams.
ECB 50+ team
This is our premier team. Each player must be aged 50 or over on the day of each game. The team play 7 league matches a season against other counties in the South West part of the ECB competition and, if finishing in the top two, then go on into a knock out phase of quarter finals, semis and a final to determine the best team in the country. The 7 league fixtures are played against 7 county sides, some are at home one year and then away the following season and vice versa.
D & M 50+
The D & M is effectively a 2nd eleven competition for players 50+ with potential to play for the ECB50+ side, though up to 2 players per side can be aged 49. There a comprehensive programme of 12 matches home and away against other counties based in the South West. Again there is a knock out phase for the top teams.
The 60 plus championship allows each side to play no more than 2 x 59 year olds in each team. Again, a comprehensive set of 12 or more matches is played against 6 or 7 counties in the South West each year on a home and away basis. Again, a knock out competition exists for the best teams.
Wiltshire do not currently run a 70+ team, though this may come to pass in the future. No less than 18 counties are already playing 70+ games.
Matches for all these teams are normally 45 overs each side and bowlers are restricted to 9 overs maximum per game.
Obviously our players are already sourced from clubs in Wiltshire.
We organise nets during April at The Wellington Academy, Tidworth, SP11 9RR and we recommend potential players to come to these nets and meet fellow Wiltshire cricketers . This year they will be held at the Wellington Academy, Tidworth on Friday April 8th, 15th and 22nd – all starting at 7.00 pm and closing at 9.00 pm.
Players should reside in Wiltshire and/or play for a Wiltshire cricket club. The matches are competitive but played in a good spirit as you would expect from experienced cricketers.
Wiltshire County Seniors Cricket Club