Amport Cricket Club

Amport Cricket Club

History from Parish Magazine archives

In the Parish Magazine archives, there is mention of a match on the village green in the 1880’s between the Gentlemen of the estate against the Ladies of the estate, which the Gentlemen won by two & a half runs against one & a half , this may seem insignificant but following on from this the Marquis at the time made a plot of land at the lower end of Haydown above the river from Waterloo Bridge to the cress beds as suitable for “the game of cricket”;  the first recorded game as can be found in the Parish Magazine took place in 1898, we therefore assume that this is the date Amport Cricket Club was born.

Amport Cricket Club today

The Club has been at its current location, The Peacocks; Grateley Road, since 1979 thanks to the generous donation of the land from Trevor Peacock. Prior to this, the club was located at Keeper’s Hill.

The Club is here to provide the opportunity for all (gender, age and ability) to be coached and play both competitive and recreational cricket. We run 2 senior sides in the Hampshire Cricket League. The first eleven currently play in County Division 3 North, and the second eleven, 2 divisions lower in Regional Division 1 North West. The club also runs a Sunday side for friendly fixtures and colts sides at u9, u11, u13, and u15.

The playing membership is low in numbers and we would welcome new players of all ages and abilities.

The Club has been a very willing partner in the ECB All Stars Cricket to provide structured coaching to 5-8 year olds as a first steps into cricket opportunity and would encourage all village youngsters to sign up.

Recent fund raising and ECB grants have seen a new artificial wicket being laid and a new light weight covers being purchased and plans are in place for a long overdue refurbishment of the pavilion and changing rooms. These investments show the desire of the Cricket Club Committee to invest in the club for the long term.

The Club is about more than just Amport Cricket. The facilities are there for all to enjoy. We are delighted that ground can be used for:

  • Grateley School using the ground for their “Chance to Shine” coaching sessions
  • Andover Wheelers using the ground for time trials start and end points
  • Muddy Runners using the ground for fund raising events
  • Private party hires (we have a Marquee)
  • Wedding Receptions
  • Company Charity events e.g. Communisis Charity days

In the past the ground has also been used to:

  • Host cricket matches on behalf of Amport
  • House Ten Zone Bowmen Archery Club
  • Charity cricket games in aid of Leukaemia research

The club is here for the whole village community not just those dressed up in white on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. We welcome any enquiry regarding the use of the facilities.
So please wander by and see us on a Saturday in the summer. The kettle will either have boiled or be about to boil. Please dig out those whites and come along and join us, and persuade all nearby friends and relations that it is a good idea too. All none playing members are most welcome too.

If I’m batting and you need to speak to me, just sit down for 5 minutes and I’m sure I will be walking back to the pavilion having been dismissed!

For further information please contact:

Martin Randall, Secretary via mailto:martinrrandall@aol.com or 07813 43185

or Keith Goacher, Chairman via goacher370@btinternet.com

More details of the village’s Club can be found via our website http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/amportcc