Charlbury Cricket Club has a long and distinguished history. It was founded in 1874 and famous England cricketers who may have played here in the Club’s early days include Gilbert Jessop and the great W. G. Grace. More recently, Test players such as Tom Graveney, Ted Dexter, Deryck Murray, Farokh Engineer, Chris Broad and Sadiq Mohammad have all appeared at Charlbury when the Club has hosted charity matches or other special games.
Today, Charlbury Cricket Club is a thriving enterprise, with approximately 200 playing members in total (youth and adults) The Club has three league sides competing in Cherwell Divisions 4, 6 and 8 and tries to arrange as many Sunday fixtures as possible. We play indoor cricket in a winter league at Banbury and take part in a number of midweek limited-overs competitions during the summer, which normally finish with a ‘curry supper’, now a favourite with players and visitors. The Club’s flourishing youth section offers cricket for youngsters of all ages. Children as young as five can start in the ‘All Stars’ and progress right up to under-17 level. The women’s section is now firmly established as an integral part of the Club and has enjoyed great success since it was launched in 2007, the women’s team compete in the Home Counties Women’s Cricket League, games are played on Sundays. For those of a more sedentary disposition who still enjoy their cricket, the Club has a ‘Social Membership’ offer. For a very modest annual subscription, Social Members have the chance to watch cricket at the ground, use the pavilion and bar and take part in occasional social functions.
Charlbury represents a lovely place in which to play cricket: the scenery is fantastic and both of our pitches are generally very good for batting on. One highly significant development in the 2010 season was the opening of the new pavilion. The old building was badly damaged by floods in 2007 and, in any case, was too small to cope with the volume of cricket played on the ground. The new pavilion has been purpose-built to conform to the needs of a twenty-first century club and provides a spacious and welcoming environment for players and spectators alike.
Away from the cricket pitch, there is always plenty going on. One of the highlights being the Annual Pre Season Tour in April. Recent Tour destinations have included Bournemouth, Cardiff & Nottingham. Many social events take place throughout the year, recent events include a trip to Newbury races, a skittles night, a golf day, a race night, a summer ball and a concert given by ex-Zimbabwean Test cricketer Henry Olonga. More exciting events are lined up for each season.
As can be seen from the above, Charlbury Cricket Club aims to offer something for everyone, whether young or old, male or female, player or spectator. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming Club and we are always on the lookout for new players, of all abilities. If you don’t wish to play cricket but would still like to get involved with the Club then we can certainly find room for you on a committee or in some other capacity! If you would like further information about joining Charlbury Cricket Club then please get in touch via the Contact Us page of this website.