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The Forty Club is reputed to be the largest wandering cricket Club in the world. As a wandering or nomadic Club it does not own its own ground. The aim of the Club since 1936 has been ‘to take cricket to the schools’ by offering Schools (both State and Public) and Youth XIs fixtures against experienced cricketers who will encourage the young cricketers to play the game to the highest standards of performance and behaviour and in the best spirit of the game. The Forty Club currently plays some 130 fixtures a season against School and Youth sides throughout England Scotland and Wales.

Having been created originally for players of over 40 years of age, and being the leading UK cricket club created for that purpose, the Forty Club now accepts full membership from players of 35 and older and – and in a trial that began in 2013 – associate membership from players of 18 years and older.

The logo of the Forty Club is XL – Roman numerals for 40 as well as the heart of the message that the Club wishes to impart to young cricketers in the earlier seasons of their cricketing experience.

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The Districts

South District (SO) (Channel Islands, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Berkshire) Ian Henderson
West District (WE) (Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, City of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset) (Currently vacant. Please direct your enquiry to the Club Secretary)
West Midlands District (WM) (Hereford & Worcester, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, City of Birmingham, Shropshire) Roger Wickson
Wales District (WA) (Dyfed, Gwent, Glamorgan, Powys) Peter Owens
Surrey & West Sussex District (SX) (Surrey, West Sussex, South West London) Richard Bennett
North West District (NW) (Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire, Gwynnedd, Clwyd, Greater Manchester, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland) John Sharples
North Thames District (NT) (Greater London north of the Thames, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire) Ilija Krunic
North East District (NE) (Northumbria, Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cleveland, Yorkshire) Tony Sheppard
Kent & East Sussex District (CP) (Kent, East Sussex, South East London) Ron Hart
Eastern Counties District (EC) (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex) Robert Smith
East Midlands District (EM) (Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland) Peter Mason
Scotland District (SC) (Scotland) Colin Neill
XL Club Region Map XL Club Region Map Scotland North East North West Wales South West Midlands Eastern East Midlands West North Thames Surrey Kent

Latest News

The 5th and final match of the India tour was played against a Police Seniors XI (well, almost!) at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana. Put in to bat in a 35 over game, we struggled against flight and guile, and decent spin, to 166. No-one really fancied our chances with a short railway-side boundary but after ...
The 4th match of the tour was against the MIG Club in Mumbai and again the opposition players were all ‘seniors’. XL batted first in this 35 over match, in the searing heat, and posted a total of 230. Their reply with the ball began with three dropped catches in the first three overs, but ...
The 3rd match of the tour was played against the Global Society over 40s XI at the Railway Ground in North West Jaipur. Many of the opposition worked for the railway company, and the ground lived up tits name as for the whole day we experienced a non-stop cacophony of klaxon and horn from passing ...