Barrow Gurney Cricket club was founded in 1874 in the North Somerset village, by a group of local people. Copies of the founding documents are displayed in our pavilion.
Initially cricket was played in a field just off the main road in Barrow Gurney village but in the 1930s the club arrived at its current ground in Hobbs Lane, leasing the land from the local landowners, the Gibbs family.
Mark Cricket Club was established as a part of village life in 1885, with the annual Mark Cricket Festival believed to have been the forerunner of the now renowned Mark Harvest Home.
The original home of the Club was the field opposite the White Horse Inn. During the 1920’s the Club moved to a field along Abbot’s Causeway and then onto Dutch Road before returning to the field opposite the White Horse Inn.
Burnham-on-Sea cricket club was established in 1861 and has played continuously since then, although this date seems to be at variance with other reports. It has been stated both as 1861 (which appears to be supported by contemporary newspaper reports) and 1857, in articles from the same source (H.G. Wheeler), the latter statement leading to a centenary celebration in 1957.
Churchstanton Cricket Club (later to become Churchinford Cricket Club) was founded in April 1891. At the first known Annual General Meeting 29th April 1891 the Rev. A.D. Taylor was elected President, Dr. Barker, Captain and the Rev. F.E.W. Langdon Sub-captain/ Treasurer, the first ground was kindly lent by Mr. Westlake.
Fielding both men’s and women’s Senior teams plus age group teams for both boys and girls, Shapwick and Polden Cricket Club is now the only cricket club in the Polden Hills and provides the opportunity for adults and children to participate in sport in a welcoming and safe environment.
The Somerset Cricket Museum is very grateful to Mr Richard Twort for the donation of the book 100 Years of Uphill Castle Cricket Club and for permission to publish extracts from the book in the following article, also to Mr Ade Gardener for the photographs.
Uphill Castle Cricket Club has been inextricably linked with the Graves-Knyfton family ever since its first tenuous steps in 1893.
It was a great social occasion when the family took up residence in the Uphill Manor a year earlier in 1892 and they celebrated their arrival by inviting the whole village including 150 children to a tea and concert at the Castle.
Stratton on the Fosse CC was founded in the early part of the 1900s and played at Downside School until 2015. The 1913 Midsomer Norton CC Fixture list below shows fixtures between both Stratton on the Fosse and the original Chilcompton club. The Club also hosted a County match between Somerset and Glamorgan in 1934.
The Club played friendly cricket until the late 80s when it joined the North Somerset League, and won several divisional titles in the late eighties and early nineties.
I started teaching Physical Education in Bath September 1966, and offered cricket as an optional extra sport.
Somerset had a Ladies County Team at that time, and I went to the County Trials in 1967 taking 3 girls from the school with me. However there were very few matches and the last straw was one weekend when I travelled to Weston-super-Mare from Bath – by public transport – only to find the ground deserted: no-one told me the match had been cancelled! The County Team folded in 1968 and I decided that if I wanted to play the only way forward was to form my own team.
Cricket has been played on Combe Down since the mid nineteenth century, various teams have played matches as Combe Down as far back as 1857, the first reported match against Box Cricket Club appeared in the Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, possibly by workers from the stone quarries of both villages. The following year 1858 a match report appeared against Chippenham. Fixtures were listed at times during the 1880’s -1890’s but no official club was formed until the summer of 1897 when as part of the rugby club a cricket section was created.
Founded in 1865, the article below has been taken from Minehead Cricket Club booklet celebrating 150 years of the Club’s existence.
Minehead Cricket Club (MCC) was formed in 1865 under the direction of a George Thrissell, host of the Plume of Feathers Hotel in the centre of Minehead. It is thought that the club first played on a ground in the Ponsford Road/Tregonwell Road area and some years later moved to the current Minehead Recreation Ground.
Pre 1914, it is believed the team travelled to away matches by horse and cart and a donkey was kept to help with ground preparations.
Village cricket is part of the quintessential British summer scene.
There has been a club in the Harptrees since at least 1871. The 1897 fixture card shows that, like many villages, the club officers and captains were the elite of the village. The president was the squire, Mr Kettlewell whose son, H W Kettlewell had turned out for Somerset in 1899: in his only match, he made seven runs and bowled 40 balls for 30 runs and no wickets,
A few years ago, we were able to find this article in the April 14th, 1871 edition of the Western Gazette showing the committee meeting that launched Queen Camel Cricket Club. The first match was played on Monday 10th April. We also were able to find several match reports and scorecards printed in same newspaper for games played that season against West Camel, Rimpton and South Barrow.!!
In 1924 a recently qualified young man with a Cricket Blue from University was employed as Land Agent to the Milton’s Estate on Exmoor.
Roy Nesfield was a cricket fanatic who had played three times for Worcestershire and although playing for The Somerset Stragglers and Somerset 2nd X1 he wanted to raise his own Cricket Team in Bridgetown. Not an easy task as he had to find a fairly level field which is not easy on Exmoor and find players drawn from mostly rural farming folk who had probably never watched a cricket match let alone played.
The exact date of the formation of Timsbury Cricket Club remains a mystery but an insertion in the Western Gazette on July 25th 1873 talks of a match between Timsbury and Radstock and so in 2023 Timsbury will be at least 150 years old.
It moved to its present headquarters on the Recreation Field in 1965 but prior to that had been based on the Glebe field which is now a housing estate and during its history had also played on the school field which is now the home of the third eleven and youth teams and on the beautiful grounds adjoining Pendogget House.
Our club is the result of a very successful merger in 2017, which created a thriving and very successful community-based club.
There has been a cricket club at Lympsham, a village halfway between Weston and Burnham, for many years, playing its cricket on what was no more than a field with a very small run-down cricket pavilion/shed. In 1992, with the help of a local landowner, the village created a brand new cricket pitch, together with a proper cricket pavilion and hard tennis courts, all of which was opened by HRH the Princess Royal on the May Bank Holiday with Somerset CCC (Trescothick, Caddick and all) coming to play the first match (and losing, of course!).
1998 was very important year In the life of Cleeve Cricket Club, The Club committee have been very busy organising events for their 50th year celebrations. Since the Club reformed in 1948 it had progressed steadily over the years, on and off the field. Every year brought new challenges and additionally now the Club was to play in the Senior Division of the Bristol & District Cricket League for the first time in their history.
Fry’s CC may be one of Bristol’s oldest cricket clubs but it is not old by cricketing standards, only having been founded in 1872 as part of the Fry’s Sports and Social Club, as the Cricket section for employees working for the company.
The club was formed under the shade of a Hawthorn Bush in Pembroke Road, Clifton and was called Caracas Cricket Club, something the current team acknowledge on the badge of current Fry’s CC cricket shirts. Caracas was the name of the new cocoa JS Fry was making at the time.
Cricket has been played at The Park, Stourhead from at least the 1880s. There was an active team in Stourton in the 1920s and a successful team in the 1930s (we have several scorebooks from this time) and photos from the 1880s and 1920s. We have no information about what happened in the 1940s and assume that the club may have folded for a few years at this time.
Whitchurch Cricket Club was formed in 1922 when a group of local people got together to plan the seeds that has grown into the club we know today. Things would have been a lot different then as few people would have had cars so most of their early games would have been local fixtures.
As with most Women’s cricket teams then, the team ran on a shoe string, fundraising and applying for grants where possible. They played at various grounds including a few in Wiltshire. They were then given use of the Corsham Barracks pitch as a more permanent pitch to play their home games on.
There has been a cricket club in Langport since at least 1838, although it has had a chequered history. At some periods it was joined with Somerton, as the Langport & Somerton Cricket Club; at others with Curry Rivel, as the Curry Rivel & Langport Cricket Club, and since 1946 it has been known as the Huish & Langport Cricket Club. (Reference Langport Heritage).
It is believed the club was founded around 1851, although the exact date remains a mystery. There are some recollections and a few records of matches played on the field across the Migh Bridge on the River Chew.
Not all clubs have 100 year plus histories, the Shaftesbury Road Cricket Club was founded in the summer of 2015, when a spontaneous game of cricket broke out between friends at 71, Shaftesbury Road in Milton, Weston-super-Mare.
The home of the Palairet Family – an appreciation written by Michael Hill (Somerset County Cricket Club) – July 1994.
The village of Kidmore End, a few miles north of Reading may seem an unlikely place to have a close connection with Somerset County Cricket Club. However the first captain of its cricket club, founded in 1863, was one Henry Hamilton Palairet, a talented all round sportsman, five times archery captain of All England and useful cricketer
Wombat Cricket Club was established in 1984 by a small group of primary school teachers from the Taunton area who decided that they would like to play some social cricket. A meeting was arranged in the bar of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion (Somerset County Cricket Club) to discuss the type of club we wanted.
The Castle Cary and Ansford Cricket Club was founded in 1837, but then had folded by 1840 when the Hadspen club was started. In 1859 the Castle Cary Cricket Club was formed although its headquarters were at Hadspen until 1870 when it acquired a field at South Cary where a pavilion was built in 1881.
The Somerset Women cricket team is the women’s cricket team for the county of Somerset. They play their home games at various grounds across Somerset, most often in Taunton, and are partnered with the regional team Western Storm.
Formed in 1892 we believe, after 130 years of competitive cricket, Spaxton Cricket Club to be one of Somerset’s longest standing village cricket clubs. The Club is fully affiliated to the Somerset Cricket Foundation and play in the Monmouth Scientific League.
Founded in 1860, Ilminster Cricket Club has been a central part of the local community for over 150 years.With recent refurbishments to our beloved bar area (aptly nicknamed ‘the shed’) and recently renamed the Tony Rice Bar after one of the clubs longest and most devoted servants- Tony Rice- the club is continually looking towards the future.
Taunton School was founded in 1847 as Independent College, a boys-only school for dissenters – those who were not members of the Church of England. In the 1870s, the school’s governors purchased a site at the northern end of Taunton, on Staplegrove Road.
Clevedon Cricket Club was established in 1874 and is one of the leading clubs around the Bristol and Somerset area. The club is located at the top of one of the 7 hills in Clevedon and delivers beautiful picturesque views of the Mendips and Bristol Channel from its ground at Dial Hill.
The Club was founded on 4th October, 1929 at The Old School Room, East Horrington, Near Wells, Somerset. Situated on the edge of the Mendip Hills, Horrington is one of the smallest village clubs in Somerset. The Club first played in the 1930 season before being disbanded in 1950.
Founded in 1920, Wemdon Cricket Club is based at The Green, in the heart of Wembdon village, 1 mile west of Bridgwater. The club boasts 5 Saturday XI’s, a Sunday XI, Ladies cricket section and a thriving junior section. There is a pathway in place for all ages through to Under 19’s and in to adult cricket.
There are no accurate records as to the actual date St Andrews Cricket Club was formed, other than it was in the mid 1930s. In 1962, when I started playing, there were players who had played “pre war”.
Agricultural Showgrounds is the home venue of Frome Cricket Club who play in the Somerset Division of the West of England Premier League. The first recorded match on the ground was in 1882, when Frome played United Eleven
In 1859, a small group of members from the Bath YMCA decided that they wished to play the relatively new sport of cricket more seriously, and formed a new club, the Bath Association Cricket Club, playing for the next few years on top of Claverton Down, on the southern outskirts of the city
Cricket was relatively slow to come to Somerset, but by the early 19th century it was being played in a haphazard fashion, mainly on gentlemen’s country-house grounds. (See also the history of Watts House). Founded in 1825 Lansdown Cricket Club is one of the oldest in England.