Club History

2010

2010 was a particularly challenging season for Cambourne Cricket Club, but very much a notable one, with many individual performances to be recognised.

 
First XI
 
Mark Tandy led the first XI to a semi successful season. A poor May/June left Mark and the team with much rebuilding to do and much fight was shown, particularly by opener Marc Crawford, who past the milestone of 1000 1st XI League Runs and averaged a handy 28 by the end of the season.
The stand out performer however, both for the first XI and the club was Chris Cundell, who emerged as Cambournes premier batsman. Playing some pivotal knocks at times, Cundell rarely missed out on runs and knocked up no less than 6 first XI 50's, also becoming the first Cambourne batman to pass 500 runs in a season at an average of 40.
It was with the ball where Cambourne's first XI tended to win matches, as in previous seasons Paul Darrington led the attack with at times unremitting accuracy and pace. Honey Kanwar Singh Sarao Backed up Paul's efforts almost on a weekly basis, usually tending to clear up the oppositions middle order with the older ball.
However the Clubs most exciting performer of the year had to be young Darren Cooke, Who despite being 14 years old bowled with searing pace and bounce and was rewarded with a district and then county call up for his efforts. A Fantastic season for Darren included picking up 24 first XI league wickets at a strikingly good average of 12.83.
The first XI survived reglegation comfortably, however after several seasons of constant success Mark Tandy stepped down as first XI Captain at the end of the season. His skill as a tactician and motivator will live particularly long in the memory of anyone who played under his captaincy.
 
Second XI
 
The Second XI under the Captaincy of Peter Lee, had a successful season missing out on promotion by only one point. The team were noted on many occasions for there sportsmanship and team unity.
The second's struggled as a batting unit for much of the season, however there were a few stand out performances from batsman Mike Longson Snr who notched two league 50's and a weather abandoned ton against girton.
There were bright sparks with the ball though, young Sam Miller finished top of the wicked taking tally. The left arm seamer notched 11 Wickets at an average of 18 and truly announced himself as first XI prospect for the future.
The Second XI finished third in there league, with many of there XI playing up in the first team on occasion, this was an excellent all round effort.
 
Third XI
 
Certainly the Clubs most successful team of the year, the Third's managed a fantastic season, culminating in a league winning promotion to division 4.
Johnny Wilkinson led the Third's with some unorthodox but successful tactics, struggling at times with sparse availability.
Club chairman Danny White was particularly a stand out performer with both bat and ball.
 

2009

2009 proved to be another successful year for the club, the biggest achievement being yet another promotion for Mark Tandy's 1st XI secured in a nailbiting final game against Cherry Hinton. Mid-way through the season, relegation looked more likely with a string of poor results, but a strong final month, coupled with other results going our way meant that a 3rd promotion in 4 seasons was secured by the smallest of margins.

The 2nd XI got off to a poor start to the season, but a string of good results through July and August meant that they were only a few points off promotion, finishing in 3rd place overall. The 2nds struggled with their bowling all season, despite some excellent batting displays but the biggest success has to be the emergence of young talent such as Sam Miller and Abhi Sharma who were instrumental in some of the best team performances of the season.

The 3rd XI had a mixed season with some great performances coupled with batting collapses of epic proportions, something we will need to work on at nets in the winter. Playing on the new Upper Cambourne pitch for the first time in August, Simon Wood's team secured respectable mid table, a great achievement considering this was the first season we have entered a 3rd team.

Despite some delays August 2009 marked the first ever game of cricket on our new 2nd ground in Upper Cambourne, the first of many we hope. The pitch played very well, with the outfield in particular looking in great shape.

2008

2008 has been a spectacular year for the development of the club both on and off the field with both senior teams winning promotion, and a rapidly expanding Colts section but the pinnicle was probably obtaining the Clubmark award in August. This Clubmark status will allow the Club to stand out amongst our local rivals and demonstrates the Club’s dedication to the following:

  • Providing a fun and safe environment for all cricketers of all abilities
  • To be completely accessible to all, irrespective of age, gender, race, income or disability
  • To provide both competitive and social forms of cricket
  • To serve the interest of the members

As a result of working towards Clubmark, we have made significant additions/improvements to:

  • Training equipment
  • Coaching staff
  • Playing equipment
  • Committee structure
  • Policies and Codes of Conduct

This is primarily in response to the growth of the Club over the last 6 years from a group of hackers, blockers and slingers playing the occasional friendly in between beers each year to a competitive Community Sports Club with over 60 members of all ages and abilities.

On the field Mark Tandy captained our first team to promotion as champions of CCA Junior 3B whilst Chris Cundell guided the 2nd XI to a hard earned promotion in CCA Junior 5A. In the Colts section, we have seen numbers increase dramatically and we are now in a position to get the U11 section up and running in 2009. Colts players have also made a significant contribution to the senior teams with many players making the step up and performing well.

    2007

    The 1sts rounded off the summer with a good win against Royston and finished the season in 3rd place, a great achievement in what has been a much more competitive division this year. They are looking to build on this in 2008, aiming for promotion and a good cup run at the very least. Charlie S broke a new Club record by bowling 10 straight overs wearing a box. Owing to a shock Thriplow win against Babraham on the last day of the season, Cambourne 2nd XI finished 2nd in Junior League 4 South B, finishing a great season in an unexpected promotion winning position. However, due to a 5 point administration penalty they were deducted 5 points by the CCA and subsequently finished third. This year saw the Club`s first entry into the Transitional League, where Juniors and Seniors get to play in a competetive and enjoyable environment. This was seen as a great success by all.

    2006

    Cambourne Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength this summer as the club have enjoyed success in their first season of competitive cricket. After winter net sessions that proved to be far more popular than anticipated, Cambourne made the decision to enter a 2nd team into the CCA Junior Division 4 North B league after another team pulled out at the last moment. Both teams met up at the ground in Lower Cambourne on the first day of the season where club caps were presented to all team members and Councillor Daphne Spink formally opened the ground for competitive cricket by taking the bails off the stumps with a well aimed throw. Unfortunately though the weather intervened for both matches that day as indeed it did for the majority of May before the sunshine arrived in June.

    During the next two months the first team in particular put an excellent run of results together and a good cup run saw them eventually knocked out by Barrington at the quarter final stage. The seconds had a difficult start to the season due to a lack of players but bounced back with some excellent results later on. This enabled the club to give valuable senior team experience to many of the promising youngsters coming through. The 1st team were set for a top of the table showdown with league leaders Great Chishill II in the penultimate game of the season which could have given Cambourne the league title but unfortunately the game was called off due to bad weather. It didnt matter in any case as Cambourne secured 2nd spot, losing only one game all season, which gives them promotion to the CCA Junior Division 4 South A next year. The 2nd team finished 6th from 8 in their league, winning 4 and losing 6.

    Cambourne entered two junior teams into leagues, the U13 and U15, who battled valiantly throughout the summer. Despite many of the U13s playing over their age group, there were some fantastic performances and their efforts were rewarded with a win in the last game of the season. The U15s have found their first season tough going but there are some outstanding individuals and they are hoping to gain on the progress they made last season.

    It has been a fantastic season for Cambourne Cricket Club despite being let down by the developers with rather primitive facilities, which comprised a portacabin, a portaloo and a storage shed. The lack of gardening equipment in particular has hampered the pitch maintenance despite the best efforts of the grounds team. As a result the wicket can only be described as "bowler friendly". However, the club should have a pavilion for the start of next season now construction work has begun so the club are looking forward to another successful season of competitive cricket. Two people in particular deserve special praise for their efforts. Chris Threadgold took on the entire junior section almost single handedly and did a fantastic job managing the U15 and U13 teams as well as organising regular training sessions for all age groups every Sunday morning. Danny White has helped in the formation of the club and has tirelessy looked after the pitch whatever the weather.

    2005

    Unfortunately Jason left Cambourne during this year which left the running of the club predominantly on Paul's shoulders. With the help of a few enthusiastic members (Ben, Chris Culshaw and Danny White).

    • We continued the successful net training sessions at Histon
    • With help from Ben the donation of a mobile cricket net from Campbells
    • Club obtained playing/ground maintenance equipment from the Lords Taverners

    During this year the club decided to encourage youngsters to join the cricket club, Paul arranged and implemented by using the mobile cricket a presence at the Cambourne yearly fete. Danny and Paul also held enticer cricket sessions under the banner of the Sports & Social committee at the MUGA.

    • This year saw our first win in Cambourne colours by beating a pub side in a 20 over game at St. Neots.
    • Further negotiations with the ECB, SCDC, and Developers on the Cricket square and outfield.

    2004

    Following on from the foundation layed the previous year Jason and Paul achieved for the club:

    • The drafting and agreement of the Club Constitution.
    • The first Club coaching sessions provided by the ECB at Histon Recreation ground
    • With help from Chris Culshaw our first website presence
    • A couple of friendlies played away from home (Mark, you can add details from the scorebook)
    • Continued negotiations with the developers on the Pavilion design and location.
    • Negotiations with the ECB, SCDC, and Developers on the Cricket square and outfield.

    2003

    Cambourne Cricket Club was officially established by Jason Clatworthy and Paul Cooke in this year. Their efforts resulted in the donation of a mobile cricket net from Campbells, playing equipment from the Lords Taverners, the first Club coaching sessions provided by the ECB and the Club Constitution. The Clubs inaugural match was a friendly against Harrow which we narrowly lost by about 100 runs... ;-