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    Beaminster Cricket Club

    Beaminster Cricket Club (BCC) it is one of the oldest clubs in the region. The Club was founded in 1855 though there is evidence of cricket being played in the town prior to this which comes from a notice of a horse race meeting from the 1830s citing an old cricket ground. It is understood that this was a field adjacent to what was the Holy Trinity Church and graveyard, now Trefoil House, in Shortmoor near the secondary school. The club began playing their home games from 1867 in the grounds of the Horn Park estate off Tunnel Road where they played for around 50 years. During the interwar years, the club moved to the grounds of Parnham House.

    After the Second World War, the town council was gifted what is now the Memorial Playing Field (MPF). When BCC moved to the MPF around 1950, a pavilion was erected on the western edge of the boundary complete with flagpole and white picket fence. Since then, there have been two new pavilions with the latest one designed by local firm Robbie Roskell Architectural & Building Consultancy and built by C.G. Fry which was finished in 2010. The club now enjoys some of the best and most modern facilities in Dorset.

    It was during a cricket week to celebrate the BCC centenary in 1955 that the first Presidents XI vs. Captains XI match was played. This event has been somewhat rejuvenated in recent years as a commemorative match for two of the Club greats. The Brian Newbury (current players) vs. Maurice Hannam (past players) game has now become an annual occasion played on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. It is one of the highlights of the season which brings together many generations of players and supporters.

    All Club archive materials are available in the Beaminster Museum, with the oldest scorebook dating all the way back to the summer of 1899.

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