A History of Gerrards Cross Cricket Club
(updated February 2017)
Gerarrds Cross United Cricket Club was founded in 1882 and played its early matches on West Common (opposite The Bull Hotel). The first match was played on Easter Monday 10 April 1882 against Chalfont St. Giles who scored 15 & 20. The Cross scored 54.
The club dropped the ‘United’ from its name in 1892, before moving to its present ground (Dukes Wood) in 1912. After the First World War, the club returned to their new ground, but were back on the common by 1920.
They returned to Dukes Wood three or four years later with the aim of securing a lease for the ground. In order to help finance this, the Misbourne Tennis Club were persuaded to move to Dukes Wood as tenants.
On 23 November 1942, the Hockey club was formed after some cricketers requested a winter sport. Initially one committee was responsible for all three sections, but as each section ‘grew’ this became too much for one committee to handle. In 1947 a constitution was drawn up resulting in a committee for each section, which was responsible for its own affairs. A Management Committee was formed to take overall control and Gerrards Cross Sports Club was ‘born’.
In the 1950s, a Colts section was formed to encourage youngsters to play during the holidays and fixtures were arranged against neighbouring clubs.
In more recent years the cricket club has expanded considerably and now runs three Saturday teams and one Sunday team plus a large colts section, ranging from ages 5-18, which has new coaching structure in place from 2017.
The Cross are founder members of the Thames Valley League (TVL) in 1972 and the 1st XI claimed their first league title the following year. The TVL was re-structured during the 1990s including the introduction of promotion and relegation.
The 1st XI claimed their second league title in 2002 with a win at Marlow Park on the penultimate weekend and were subsequently promoted to Division 2 of the recently created Home Counties Premier League (HCPL).
The 1st XI flirted with both promotion and relegation during their time in the HCPL. They were runners-up in 2006 and 2007, but also avoided relegation in 2011 with five balls of the season remaining.
The HCPL was restructured during the winter of 2013-14 and the 1st XI found themselves in Division 1 for the 2014 season. However, their time at the top level only lasted one season - they were relegated following a poor run of results.
They dabbled with promotion once again in 2015 but fell out of contention with a few games remaining. In 2016, life in the premier league came to an end resulting in relegation back to the TVL Division 1. However, they will be hoping for an immediate return!
The 2nd XI currently play in the TVL Division 3 after a brief spell in Division 2 in 2013-2014. In 2013, the club's 3rd XI was re-formed and joined the TVL in Division 9. The 3rd XI provides returning players and younger members of the club with an opportunity to experience league cricket. In 2015 the 3rd XI were promoted as unbeaten champions! They currently play in Division 8.
A number of current 1st and 2nd team players have made their way through the junior ranks and the club is also proud of the number of colts who have represented Buckinghamshire CCC over the years.
A number a famous faces have also played for the Cross in past seasons including Hamish Marshall & Grant Elliot (New Zealand), Ryan Harris (Australia) plus, former England captain and current ECB Director of Cricket, Andrew Strauss and the holder of England’s highest individual score in ODI cricket Alex Hales.
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