Imagine a quintessential summer’s day in Britain … I visualise warm sunshine, a picturesque cricket green, white clad cricketers making runs and spectators lazily watching from deck chairs whilst drinking endless cups of tea and eating cucumber sandwiches. I know it’s fantasy (and one step away from a Midsummer Murder!) but I suspect that a surprising number would agree with my dream scenario.
Cricket has been a feature of the police sporting calendar for many years [see overview below] and has become a passion for many police officers. To celebrate the benefits and wellbeing that the sport has brought to thousands of personnel over the last half century, TeamPolice is hosting a cricket focussed webinar on 15th June to get the conversation started between the movers and shakers in the police cricketing world and anyone with an interest in police cricket.
The cricketing panel: Chief Constable Simon Cole, Leicestershire and Chair of Police Cricket, Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi, British Transport Police and Vice Chair of Police Cricket and British Police Team Cricket Captains Mandy McGachie and Mick Martin. TeamPolice wouldn’t be able to hold this webinar without the help of a sponsor and we are delighted that Anatomap will be supporting this event and that Simon France, CEO of Anatomap will also be joining the panel on the night.
The British Police Cricket Club is continusly evolving and we hope that you can join us on June 15th at 4pm to debate its future.
How British Police Cricket has developed over the years.
by David Fraser-Darling
The British Police Cricket Club was formed in 1973 when it first played the MCC at Bramshill. Since then cricket has been at the forefront of Police sports and has attracted several former cricketing professionals into the ranks such as; John Cook (Nottinghamshire), Ian Richards (Cleveland), Ray Baker (Met) Andy Mack (Norfolk), David Fraser-Darling (Notts), Martin Roberts (Devon & Cornwall), Geoff Humpage (West Midlands), Martin Thursfield (Durham), Mark Davies & Richard Grant (Dyfed-Powys), Ryan Watkins (Gwent), Tom Knight (Derbyshire), Ben Ellis (Gloucs) and Ben Harmison (Northumbria) – yes, Steve’s brother.
To date the British Police Cricket Team’s playing record is pretty spectacular with 123 wins from 220 matches (lost 70; tied 1; abandoned/drawn 26). The Club has undertaken two overseas tours, Zimbabwe in 1995 and South Africa in 2004 and since its inauguration, 198 players from all four unions have represented British Police Cricket. This will top 200 when a further 12 debutants participate in the 2021 Tour Week in Leicestershire & Rutland from 20 – 25 June with matches against Kibworth CC, Lincs CCC, British Army, Club Cricket Conference, National Asian Cricket Conference and the Royal Air Force.
The National Championship (formerly the National Knockout) was introduced in 1975 with Cleveland being the first winner of the City of London Cup. Since then the Metropolitan Police has led the way with nine championship wins closely followed by Dyfed-Powys on eight. 1995 saw the final played at a first-class County ground, namely Northamptonshire. Since then finals have been hosted by Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Durham, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Derbyshire and currently Leicestershire.
As time off for sport has been reduced, due to increasing demands on the police forces, this has resulted in some Forces being unable to field teams in their own right. To encourage greater participation the section has encouraged more joint entries and alliances. 2021 will feature new alliances such as East Midlands (Leics / Notts / Derbys & Northants), North West (Lancs / GMP / Cheshire & Merseyside) who will add to other joint entries South Wales & Gwent, Met & City of London, Northumbria & Durham, West Mids & Mercia and Gloucs & Wilts.
2021 will also see the creation of the long awaited BPCC women’s team. A squad of 20 players, including Holly Hopes (Hants), Lorna Jack (Scotland) and Georgia Davis (West Midlands) will take part in a four-day tour from 1 – 4 June playing two T20 matches each against the British Army, Club Cricket Conference and Royal Air Force. A fourth match is still to be finalised following the late withdrawal of the Royal Navy due to operational requirements.
Visit our webinar page for further information and for reports from previous events.
ASK THE PANEL
If you cannot attend the webinar but have a burning question for the Panel, please email it to us and we will ask on your behalf.