Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club

Crowthorne & Crown Wood Cricket Club - Crown Wood CC History

History of Crown Wood

The club was established in 1985 by Ron Dixon and Ken Young; games were played on grounds hired from the local council. The early days then led to a requirement of competitive cricket so Crown Wood applied and joined the Berkshire League in 1992.

From 1985 to 1998 all our home games were played on council pitches. From 1999 we shared the ground at St. Sebastian’s and in 2001 the ground became our official home. The facility is one of the best in the area and is one of the most pleasant locations there is to play cricket.

From those initial days, Crown Wood has progressed to its present position as a member of the Premier League. This has been achieved by a run of successive promotions from League Division 5 to 4 followed by promotion from League Division 4 to 3 during the seasons 1999 & 2000. Crown Wood had set themselves a target to win a title; this was achieved in 2003 when they were League Division 3 champions and were promoted into Division 2 for the 2004 season. In 2005 they finished 3rd place in Division 2 and were promoted into Division 1 for the 2006 season. We were 2006 Division 1 Champions and are promoted into the Premier league for 2007.

2005 was a year of major expansion for the club with the successful merger of Wildridings CC and the entry of a 2nd XI into the Berkshire League. The 2nds finished 4th in Division 6 and were promoted into Division 5 for 2006. 2 Sunday friendly sides were run for the first time and in 2006 one of the friendly sides was also entered into a local Millennium League.

2007 our 2nds were Division Five Champions and after a League reshuffle will be playing in Division 3 for the 2008 season.

2008 We put out 3 Senior League teams with the 3rds playing at Bigshotte Park. This was also the year when we achieved ECB Clubmark.

2009 we re-entered the Midweek league, this was instead of entering an Under 17 team in the Berkshire Youth League.

Crown Wood over the years has always been involved in encouraging youths into the game of cricket. In 1999 we entered our first Under 15 youth side into the Berkshire Youth League with some considerable success. They won their divisional league and went on to reach the semi final stage of the knock out competition.

The Youth section was more formally structured in 2001 starting with one team at Under 11’s to the present day when at the start of the 2010 season we will field teams in age groups Under 9, Under 11, Under 12, Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15.

The Youths have had some very notable successes with the Under 13’s in 2003 not only winning their league but also going on to reach the FINAL of the entire competition. In 2006 the U11's did well, winning their group and reaching the quarter finals in the league. The U9’s also did well finishing runners-up in their division and going on to a semi-final as the best runners-up.

In 2009 we had a record number of players accepted in the District and County winter training squads. We also held our inaugural Cricket Festival for Under 9's and Under 10's. This was intended for those who had experienced little or no competitive cricket.