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 History of the Competition
The National Passenger Cricket Competition was formed as a result of a meeting held in the year 1953 by Sports Secretaries and members of the National P.S.V. Football Competition. This meeting was called to further competitive sports in the Bus Industry. A Cricket Competition was proposed to fill in the spring and summer of the year as football was confined to autumn and winter sports at that time.

The Competition was formed into four zones, North East, North West, Midlands and South Zone. Each zone to play on a straight Knock Out basis and as per the draw at the commencement of the season Zones would play against each other giving two Zones left to take part in the final. The Final was arranged by the Management Committee and Sponsored by Regent Oils (later Burmah Castol) The Man of the Match was sponsored by Rothmans. Slowly Trophies were donated for the Finals Runner's Up and Zone Winners.

During many years of the Competition the finals and winners were dominated by London Transport Central Road Services. They had 34 garages to pick 12 players and these players had many representative matches both with our own county sides and also sides in the West Indies where regular winter visits took place.

The Secretary of Bournemouth Corporation along with other members tried to get the Competition to form a Garage Cricket Competition whereby teams could start on a smaller basis. This proposal was rejected by the National P.S.V. Cricket Competition. As a direct result of this rejection, the Bournemouth Secretary, along with Garage tams from the South and the Midlands formed their own Competiiton but still supported the National Competition by entering both. When the founder Secretary / Treasurer retired the Bournemouth Secretary was elected to take the place of the Secretary / Treasurer. He agreed to take on this roles on the proviso that the Garage Cricket Competition came under the banner of the National P.S.V. Cricket Competition. This Competition was sponsored by Berger Paints and ran on the same lines as the parent Competition.

The National Cricket Competition was, at one time the largest amateur Cricket Competition in the Country with 74 club entries.

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