There are various open age leagues that are either run by or affiliate to Middlesex Cricket. A summary of each league and personnel contact details can be found below.
Middlesex Development League
The MDL aims to inspire young people to play the game competitively, and in the Spirit of Cricket. Primarily engaging 16-21 year olds, Middlesex Cricket set up The MDL to respond to the needs of clubs in relation to the ongoing development of younger players. The competition:
- Bridges the gap in standard between age group and Saturday league cricket
- Provides an additional platform for young players to express their ability in a format longer than T20
- Integrates young players into open age cricket within a supportive learning environment
- Increases player retention within clubs, thus adding to their long-term sustainability.
Entry is open to any organisation that is affiliated to Middlesex Cricket.
All 40 over matches take place on Sundays, once school, college and university exams have finished in mid-June. The six-week Group Stage is arranged geographically and a minimum of seven players must be an Under 21 or below. All players wear coloured clothing and games are played with the pink ball.
2016 saw a record 32 entries, with Indian Gymkhana beating defending champions, Stanmore on Finals Day at Middlesex CCC outground, Old Deer Park.
NatWest Under 19 T20
The NatWest U19 Club T20 competition was developed through player insight to combat a national trend within clubs – young players dropping out of the game after Under 15s. The insight ECB gathered from 1,000 young players (current and lapsed) included these key factors:
- 16–19 year olds want to play with their friends
- Young players are keen to develop their own skills by taking more responsibility (volunteering)
- They want short formats, with coloured kit and a lively atmosphere where friends can watch.
In Middlesex, the competition was launched county-wide in 2015, with 15 teams entering the first year. Recent research has shown that two-thirds of clubs saw lapsed players returning to play, and 77% of clubs have seen an increase in revenue due to U19 T20 matches.
2016 Finals Day was once again held at Ealing CC with Stanmore Stallions beating Ickenham Bears in the final.
Middlesex Women's Cricket Championship
In 2016 the Middlesex Women’s Cricket Championship be split into competitive and social tiers of competition.
The competitive tier will play to the following format:
- T20 (largely weekend but mid-week evenings by mutual agreement, double headers are permitted/encouraged)
- Single, pan-Middlesex league
- Must be played as hardball cricket
This competition will be limited to a MAXIMUM of 8 teams this year, with scope to grow in future years.
The social tier will play to the following format:
- 16 over innings (mid-week and weekend games)
- Regionalised East and West Middlesex leagues
- Hardball but softball permitted by mutual agreement – still wearing full pads!
This competition will be limited to a MAXIMUM of 6 teams per league (12 total), with scope to grow in future years.
ECB Indoor Cricket
The county stage of ECB’s Indoor National Club Championship takes place every autumn at Middlesex Indoor Cricket School. It is a six-a-side tournament played with a hard ball. The winners then take part in the Round of 32 match to determine the 16 teams that go forward to the four Regional Finals Days in the new year. The winners of the Regional finals then compete in the National Finals Day at Lord’s in March.
1978/79 – Ickenham (National Winners)
1989/90 – Highgate (National Winners)
2005/06 – Hampstead (National Runners-up)
2015/16 – Finchley (Middlesex Winners)
Middlesex T20 Community Cricket League
The MCCLT20 was set up in 2014 to provide opportunities for cricketers from South Asian Communities to play in a structured competitive league opposed to playing in ad-hoc friendly matches. The league is primarily aimed at new, lapse and existing cricketers aged 18 to 30 years old who are not playing club cricket thus giving them an opportunity to play more frequently in teams.
The league provides opportunities for young adults to play regular competitive cricket on their door steps, at affordable rate with subsidised entry fee for teams. In addition players are offered coach educational support thus creating volunteering and employment opportunities.
Middlesex Indoor Community Cricket League
To cater the needs of cricketers and to provide them with all year round competitive match play; Middlesex Cricket are pleased to launch “Middlesex Indoor Community Cricket League”.
The aim of the league is to encourage people playing more frequently in teams.
The indoor 6 aside leagues is played across East and West London. The East London league is played at PlayOn Sports Centre, Canary Wharf throughout the week. The West London league is being hosted at Harrow Leisure Centre on the weekends.
Middlesex County Cricket League (MCCL)
The Middlesex County Cricket League (MCCL), incorporating the ECB Middlesex Premier League (one of 26 ECB Premier Leagues in England & Wales) is the top league within our county’s recreational cricket pyramid. There are nine divisions of ten teams in all that accommodate clubs’ 1st, 2nd, and 3rd & 4th XIs.
The Middlesex Championship is the entry point to the recreational cricket league pyramid in Middlesex for club 1st and 2nd XIs, and is a feeder league for the Middlesex County Cricket League (MCCL), accordingly. Any club looking to gain entry to the MCCL would need to win Division 1 of this league and also meet the associated entry criteria.
The league has four divisions for clubs 1st XIs, and a further three divisions for club 2nd XIs.
Middlesex 1987 Cricket League
The Middlesex 1987 Cricket League is the entry point to the recreational cricket league pyramid in Middlesex for club 3rd, 4th and 5th XIs, and is another feeder league for the Middlesex County Cricket League (MCCL). Any club 3rd or 4th XI looking to gain entry to the MCCL would need to win Division 1 of the 1987 Cricket League first and also meet the associated entry criteria.
The league currently has four ten-team divisions and a seventeen-team Division 5.
Middlesex County Sunday Cricket League
A brand new Sunday Cricket League has been launched in January 2017 known as the "Middlesex County Sunday Cricket League".
This league’s aim is to inspire the game at grass-roots level and Middlesex Cricket believes this initiative will help grow the recreational game across the county by providing quality cricket opportunities for established clubs and new teams wishing to play a 40 over format on Sundays.
The website address of the league is www.middlesexsundaycricket.com and the contact e-mail address is email@example.com
Middlesex Premier Cricket League
The Middlesex Premier Cricket League was founded in 1992 and currently runs five divisons on Sundays for club 1st and 2nd XI's. It also runs Cup, Plate and T20 competitions for member clubs.
Middlesex Sunday League
"The Middlesex Sunday League" runs a two-division 40 over competition predominantly made up of clubs from the Harrow, and Hounslow areas of Middlesex but is open to all.
Joining a League
If you are a club looking to join a league then we recommend you contact the leagues directly as all entry requirements vary. Please note all clubs that affiliate to the leagues mentioned above must be affiliated members of the Middlesex Cricket Board.
Junior club cricket is coordinated by the Middlesex Colts Association. The MCA offer regionalised leagues for girls and boys from U10’s – U17 age groups. Indoor leagues are also coordinated by area representatives.