The League has had a full representative team for many years, but only playing a handful of matches each season in the League Cricket Conference President’s Trophy. Some five or six years ago, with the support of Stuart Williamson, JSW Chartered Accountants, we decided to form a Development Squad to give our promising younger players the opportunity to compete against players from other areas, and predominantly against emerging players at First Class County Clubs. This also served to give the players the chance to impress Managers and Coaches at these clubs in the hope that they may be offered the chance to move into the professional game – we have had several players who have been lucky enough to play trial games for clubs like Derbyshire CCC, Lancashire CCC and Worcestershire CCC. In the first year we played against sides from Derbyshire CCC, Lancashire CCC, Worcestershire CCC and Yorkshire CCC winning all four matches – we have had mixed results since as these clubs have put out stronger teams in later years . The scheme has been so successful that the reputation of the League has been enhanced throughout cricket to now provide the list of fixtures seen on the attached list. Some of the players have now progressed to the full League XI, who have won the President’s Trophy for the past 5 years, and into the Staffordshire CCC Minor Counties Team.

FIXTURES FOR 2014:

Tuesday 27th May

v Lancashire CCC 2nd XI

Leek CC

11-30am

 

Tuesday 3rd June

v Worcestershire CCC 2nd XI

Stone CC

11-30am

 

Sunday 8th June

v Warwickshire CCC Academy

Longton CC

11-30am

 

Thursday 24th July

v Lincolnshire U19

Porthill Park CC

11-30am

 

Thursday 31st July

v Derbyshire CCC Academy

Hem Heath CC

11-00am

 

Sunday 3rd August

v Worcestershire CCC Academy

Audley CC

11-30am

 

Sunday 10th August

v Durham County League

Away (TBC)

1-30pm

 

Wednesday 27th August

v ECB England Deaf XI

Pontblyddn CC

11-30am

 

Friday 29th August

v Stafford CC Presidents XI

Stafford CC

11 a.m.

 

Sunday 31st August

President’s Trophy Final

Away

1-00pm

 

OTHER FIXTURES (TO BE CONFIRMED)

Sunday 22nd June

v Elworth

Elworth CC

1.30 p.m.

 

Sunday 6th July

v Leek CC

Leek CC

1-30pm