Dorset County Cricket Club
is one of the county
clubs which make up the Minor Counties
in the English
structure, representing the historic county of Dorset
and playing in the Minor Counties Championship
and the MCCA Knockout Trophy
The club is based at present at Dean Park in Bournemouth, outside the traditional boundaries of the county, and also plays its matches there.
The Minor Counties play three-day matches at a level below that of the first-class game. At present, Dorset competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship.
- Minor Counties Championship (1) - 2000
- MCCA Knockout Trophy (1) - 1988
Cricket must have reached Dorset via neighbouring Hampshire
by the end of the 17th century.
An advertisement in the Sherborne Mercury dated Tuesday 9 May 1738 is the earliest reference for cricket in Dorset. Twelve Dorchester men at Ridgway Races challenged twelve men from elsewhere to play them at cricket for the prize of twelve pairs of gloves valued at a shilling a pair.
Origin of club
According to Wisden
there was county organisation in existence in either 1862 or 1871. The present Dorset CCC was founded on 5 February
1896 and first entered the Minor Counties Championship in 1902.
Dorset has won the Minor Counties Championship once, in 2000.
Dorset has won the MCCA Knockout Trophy once since its inception in 1983. It won in 1988.
The following Dorset cricketers also made an impact on the first-class