Minor Counties Championship
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Minor Counties Championship

Minor Counties Cricket Championship
AdministratorEngland and Wales Cricket Board
First edition1895
Tournament formattwo ten-team divisions
home and away in 3-day matches.
Number of teams20
Current championBerkshire County Cricket Club
Most successfulStaffordshire
(13 titles)

The Minor Counties Cricket Championship is a season-long competition in England that is contested by those county cricket clubs that do not have first-class status.


The competition began in 1895, with the Worcestershire honorary secretary Paul Foley being influential in its creation.[1] Apart from the two World War periods, has been contested annually ever since. Since 2014, the tournament has been known as the Unicorns Championship.

Four clubs which used to play in the Minor Counties Championship have been granted first-class status - Worcestershire in 1899; Northamptonshire in 1905; Glamorgan in 1921 and Durham in 1992.

Until 1959, when the Second XI Championship was founded, most second XIs of the first-class counties used to contest the Minor Counties. A few continued to do so and the last to withdraw was Somerset 2nd XI after the 1987 season.

Since 1983, the clubs have been split into an Eastern and a Western Division. The winners of the two divisions play each other in a match at the end of the season to determine which will be the Champions.

At present, there are twenty clubs involved. Nineteen represent English counties and the other is a Wales team that represents all the Welsh counties except Glamorgan. For details, see Minor counties of English cricket.

List of Minor Counties Champions

Finals summary

In 1983, the minor counties were divided into a Western Division and an Eastern Division, the winners of each division meeting in a final to decide the overall winner. From 1983 to 1993, the Championship was decided by a 55-over limited over match. From 1994, the final was decided by a two-day, two-innings match with certain restrictions on the first innings, and from 1999 the final has been a three-day, two-innings match and only an outright result has decided the Championship.

Year Western Division Eastern Division Venue Result
2019 Berkshire Staffordshire Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Bodicote Berkshire won by 1 wicket
2018 Berkshire Lincolnshire Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Bodicote Berkshire won by an innings and 32 runs
2017 Berkshire Lincolnshire Banbury Cricket Club Ground, Bodicote Berkshire won by 6 Wickets
2016 Berkshire Lincolnshire Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley Berkshire won by 28 runs
2015 Oxfordshire Cumberland Edenside, Carlisle Cumberland won by 10 wickets
2014 Wiltshire Staffordshire Salisbury and South Wiltshire Sports Club, Salisbury Staffordshire won by 28 runs
2013 Cheshire Cambridgeshire Harecroft Road, Wisbech Cheshire won by 129 runs
2012 Cornwall Buckinghamshire Boscawen Park, Truro Cornwall won by 150 runs
2011 Devon Cambridgeshire The Avenue Sports Club Ground, March Devon won by 169 runs
2010 Dorset Lincolnshire Dean Park, Bournemouth Dorset won by 135 runs
2009 Cheshire Buckinghamshire Upton Court Road, Slough Buckinghamshire won by 117 runs
2008 Berkshire Lincolnshire Enborne Lodge, Newbury Berkshire won by 8 wickets
2007 Cheshire Northumberland Osborne Avenue, Jesmond Cheshire won by an innings and 4 runs
2006 Devon Buckinghamshire The Maer Ground, Exmouth Devon won by 180 runs
2005 Cheshire Suffolk Ransomes and Reavell Sports Club Ground, Ipswich Drawn (title shared)
2004 Devon Bedfordshire The Maer Ground, Exmouth Drawn (title shared)
2003 Devon Lincolnshire Sports Ground, Cleethorpes Lincolnshire won by 8 wickets
2002 Herefordshire Norfolk Mortimer Park, Kingsland Drawn (title shared)
2001 Cheshire Lincolnshire Gorse Lane, Grantham Drawn (title shared)
2000 Dorset Cumberland Kinson Park Road, Bournemouth Dorset won by 5 wickets
1999 Dorset Cumberland Parkside Road, Kendal Cumberland won by 6 wickets
1998 Dorset Staffordshire Dean Park, Bournemouth Drawn (Staffordshire won on qualifying record)
1997 Devon Bedfordshire Wardown Park, Luton Drawn (Devon won on faster scoring rate)
1996 Devon Norfolk The Maer Ground, Exmouth Devon by 168 runs
1995 Devon Lincolnshire New Road, Worcester Devon won by 57 runs (single innings match)
1994 Devon Cambridgeshire New Road, Worcester Drawn (Devon won on 1st innings points)
1993 Cheshire Staffordshire New Road, Worcester Staffordshire won by 5 wickets
1992 Devon Staffordshire New Road, Worcester Staffordshire won by 79 runs
1991 Oxfordshire Staffordshire Wardown Park, Luton Staffordshire won by 10 wickets
1990 Berkshire Hertfordshire Wardown Park, Luton Hertfordshire won by 7 wickets
1989 Oxfordshire Hertfordshire New Road, Worcester Oxfordshire won by 7 wickets
1988 Cheshire Cambridgeshire New Road, Worcester Cheshire won by 13 runs
1987 Buckinghamshire Cambridgeshire New Road, Worcester Buckinghamshire won by losing fewer wickets
1986 Oxfordshire Cumberland New Road, Worcester Cumberland won by 2 wickets
1985 Cheshire Suffolk New Road, Worcester Cheshire won by 58 runs
1984 Cheshire Durham New Road, Worcester Durham won by 6 wickets
1983 Buckinghamshire Hertfordshire New Road, Worcester Hertfordshire won by 2 wickets

Performance by county

  • Bold denotes the current 20 Minor Counties.
Club Titles Minor Counties Championship-winning seasons
Staffordshire 1906, 1908, 1911, 1912 (shared), 1914, 1920, 1921, 1927, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 2014
Buckinghamshire 1899 (shared), 1922, 1923, 1925, 1932, 1938, 1952, 1969, 1987, 2009
Durham 1895 (shared), 1900 (shared), 1901, 1926, 1930, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1984
Berkshire 1924, 1928, 1953, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Devon 1978, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004 (shared), 2006, 2011
Lancashire II 1907, 1934, 1937, 1948, 1949, 1960, 1964
Cheshire 1967, 1985, 1988, 2001 (shared), 2005 (shared), 2007, 2013
Yorkshire II 1933, 1947, 1957, 1958, 1968, 1971
Norfolk 1895 (shared), 1905, 1910, 1912 (shared), 1913, 2002 (shared)
Hertfordshire 1936, 1975, 1983, 1990
Oxfordshire 1929, 1974, 1982, 1989
Surrey II 1939, 1950, 1954, 1955
Suffolk 1946, 1977, 1979, 2005 (shared)
Worcestershire 1895 (shared), 1896, 1897, 1898
Northamptonshire 1899 (shared), 1900 (shared), 1903, 1904
Cumberland 1986, 1999, 2015
Bedfordshire 1970, 1972 2004 (shared)
Lincolnshire 1966, 2001 (shared), 2003
Dorset 2000, 2010
Kent II 1951, 1956
Somerset II 1961, 1965
Warwickshire II 1959, 1962
Wiltshire 1902, 1909
Cambridgeshire 1963
Cornwall 2012
Leicestershire II 1931
Middlesex II 1935
Shropshire 1973
Glamorgan 1900 (shared)
Herefordshire 2002 (shared)
Derbyshire II
Essex II
Glamorgan II
Gloucestershire II
Hampshire II
Northamptonshire II
Nottinghamshire II
Sussex II
Wales Minor Counties
Worcestershire II

See also


  1. ^ "A brief history of Worcestershire". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2020.

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