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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, and so always “plays away”.

The historic aim of the Club since its foundation in 1936 has been ‘to take cricket to the schools’ by offering State and Public Schools, 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. Nowadays, most of the 130 or so schools, colleges and youth XIs that we play are able to enjoy the services of professional coaching so we can leave the performance side of the game to them.  Meanwhile the Forty Club will continue to encourage the qualities of the Spirit of Cricket, to encourage the young men and women to play cricket, stay in the game, enjoy it, develop their skills and to applaud and recognise good performance .

Having been created originally for players of over 40 years of age, and being still the leading UK cricket club created for that purpose, the Forty Club now accepts membership from players of 18 years and older.  This is not to say that there has been any diminution in the standard or example of play that we wish to set: we particularly want to fill the gap between the ages of say 28 and 45 when cricketers are leaving league cricket, are looking for quality midweek non-league games, and who are not yet old enough for their county senior sides.  In many respects the Forty Club is the pathway to the county over 50s sides.

The logo of the Forty Club is XL.  Yes these are the Roman numerals for 40.  But more importantly they shout out the essence of the message that the Club wishes to impart to young cricketers in the earlier seasons of their cricketing experience.

The Districts

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South District (SO) (Channel Islands, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Berkshire) Derek Candy
West District (WE) (Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset, City of Bristol, Bath & North East Somerset) Committee: Peter Rebera, Winston Duguid and Phil Fawkner-Corbett. Please direct any enquiry to Peter Rebera at prebera@hotmail.com
West Midlands District (WM) (Hereford & Worcester, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, City of Birmingham, Shropshire) Andy Robertson
Wales District (WA) (Dyfed, Gwent, Glamorgan, Powys) Phillip C Stallard
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) Phil Deakin
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) Cliff Hayward
Eastern Counties District (EC) (Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Essex) Nigel Buckingham Jones
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

Jack Arthur Bailey (22 June 1930 – 14 July 2018) was an English first class cricketer and administrator. Born in Brixton, London, Bailey was educated at Christ’s Hospital and University College, Oxford.  He represented Essex and Oxford University as a tail-end right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler in 112 first-class matches between 1953 and 1958. He took ...
It is with deep sorrow that we announce that Tudor died peacefully at home on 3rd July. He had joined St. George’s Hill Golf Club whilst at RMA Sandhurst to which he had gone shortly after leaving Rydal School. Tudor was commissioned into the South Wales Borderers, and served in the UK, Hong Kong, Aden, ...
The XL North West’s 40 over match against Giggleswick School may have set new XL records. Batting first, a Keegan Peterson century * and a J Foggitt 93 helped XL to post a score of 309 for 2. After the interval, the school came out with a very good opening stand of 87. Wickets started ...