Chester-le-Street Cricket Club
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History of Chester-le-Street Cricket Club

Yesteryears at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club

History of Chester-le-Street Cricket Club

The first recorded match involving Chester le Street Club was in 1834 against Durham City – with then winners to receive ten shillings: the match was rained off but was later replayed at Plawsworth, for an increased prize – no information is available as to who took the money!

The first cricket field in Chester le Street, in 1866, was at Mordue's Field, Crown Farm, Ropery Lane – the town's by-pass now runs through the middle of this field. The next ground was on what is now Red Rose Terrace. The move to the present location took place in 1866.

One early match, in 1876, records that Durham City were all out for 9 runs!

In 1892, Chester le Street won the County Challenge Cup, beating Bishop Auckland in the final thus gaining a place in the Durham County Senior League, Northern Division, in 1893; this division consisted of Chester le Street, Philadelphia , North Durham, South Shields, Sunderland and Whitburn.

Following a spell in the Tyneside Senior League, Chester le Street transferred to the Durham Senior in 1908, losing their first game to Durham City by 3 runs. In 1920 and 1922 the 1st XI won the league and the players were presented with solid gold medals, provided from public funds.

In 1927, Durham County played New Zealand at Ropery Lane , and subsequent first class visitors have included Surrey, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Essex and Nottinghamshire, while Test class visitors have been Pakistan and South Africa

The Ropery Lane ground was purchased in 1948, with the then president Colonel J Turnbull, doubling the amount collected from members to make up the £1,000 purchase price. At a general meeting in 1957, by a majority of one it was agreed to start a bar in the club – takings for the first full year, 1958 were £1058.00. In 1904, a new two storey pavilion was built to supersede the single storey wooden structure. This old pavilion was demolished in 1966 to make way for the current building, although some of the walls of the old building still remain as part of the new – the cost was £17,000. The lounge extension was added in 1972.

Notable professionals over the years have included local cricketers Jackie Keeler and Russell Inglis, Indian Test cricketer Dilip Doshi, and former Pakistani vice-captain and International Test referee the late Wasim Raja. Most recently, Indians Santosh Jedhe and Mandar Sane have been club professionals.

The 1st XI were Senior League champions in 1920, 1922, 1969, 1980, 1981 and 1983; since 1962, they have been runners-up seven times, the latest being in 1999, their last season in the Durham Senior League. The 2nd XI have won the Senior League championship on nine occasions.

Our ground at Ropery Lane is recognised as one of the finest in the North East and we have hosted many Durham Minor Counties fixtures. We also hosted all of Durham’s One Day fixtures from the 1960’s to the 1980’s with many First Class Counties playing here.  When Durham became a First Class County in 1992 and before the Riverside was developed, we regularly hosted First Class cricket at Ropery Lane.  International touring sides have also played here.

The ECB North East Premier League 2000 to 2012

 In 1998 The ECB issued the report ‘Raising the Standards’ aimed at bridging the gap between first Class and top club cricket. This encouraged the development of ECB Premier Leagues throughout England and Wales.The NEPL was formed in 2000 in response to this initiative and it was developed by the Durham and Northumberland Cricket Boards as an ECB Regional Premier League to serve the needs of both counties. Chester-le-Street Cricket Club applied to join the new league and became a founder member in 2000. The application process was rigorous and demanding but the Club met all the criteria successfully and a new era began.

In order to meet the standards required of the new league, new players were recruited and we were able to assemble a First Team squad which was more than capable of performing at the level necessary to establish the Club in this much higher standard of cricket.

The First Team has an excellent record in the North East Premier League.  We have been Champions three times and in second place three times too. Our lowest position was sixth and that was in the first year of the league. We have also been very successful in winning NEPL Banks competitions: The First Team won the Banks Salver in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. We also won the new NEPL T20 Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012 and reached the final of the National Competition at Chelmsford in 2011 and Edgbaston in 2012. The Club has also been very successful in other cup competitions since 2000. We have won the Just Sport Trophy, the Austin Trophy and The Matthew Oswald Cup each on numerous occasions.

The Second Team has won their league four times, achieved second place on three occasions and only once been lower than third place. They have also won the Banks Bowl in 2005, 2006 and 2012. The Third Division was formed in 2002 and we managed to become Champions in 2010 with a very young squad of players. The Third Team won the Banks Cup in 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2012. The mid week Third Team played in the Durham Senior League competition until 2012.  Since 2000 we have been League Champions eight times and won the League Cup on four occasions.

The Club is a thriving cricket centre with four senior league teams, a Ladies team and a Social team. The Junior Club fields teams at Under 18, U15, U13 and U11 level and we can have up to 100 young people being coached on the field every Friday evening and Sunday morning.

The Ladies Team was formed in 2004 and is now well established and achieving success. Members of the team are enthusiastic and respond readily to the coaching that the Club provides.

In 2010 Chester-le-Street became champions of all three NEPL divisions; we are the only club to have achieved this.

Perhaps our greatest achievement came in 2009 when we won the ECB National Club Cricket Competition. After a thrilling semi final at Shrewsbury we met London club Spencer at the Derbyshire County Ground for the final. It was a great day of triumph for Chester-le-Street Cricket Club which was celebrated in style by players, supporters, officials and members when we returned to our club. 

Whatever has been achieved is in no small way due to the fact that we play on excellent, well prepared pitches with a very good outfield which is enjoyed by every club that comes to play here besides being hugely appreciated by our players.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ropery Lane ground was purchased in 1948, with the then president Colonel J Turnbull, doubling the amount collected from members to make up the £1,000 purchase price. At a general meeting in 1957, by a majority of one it was agreed to start a bar in the club – takings for the first full year, 1958 were £1058.00. In 1904, a new two storey pavilion was built to supersede the single storey wooden structure. This old pavilion was demolished in 1966 to make way for the current building, although some of the walls of the old building still remain as part of the new – the cost was £17,000. The lounge extension was added in 1972.

Notable professionals over the years have included local cricketers Jackie Keeler and Russell Inglis, Indian Test cricketer Dilip Doshi, and former Pakistani vice-captain and International Test referee Wasim Raja. Most recently, Indians Santosh Jedhe and Mandar Sane have been club professionals.

The 1st XI were Senior League champions in 1920, 1922, 1969, 1980, 1981 and 1983; since 1962, they have been runners-up seven times, the latest being in 1999, their last season in the Durham Senior League. The 2nd XI have won the Senior League championship on nine occasions.

 

The ECB North East Premier League 2000 to 2010

 

In 1998 The ECB issued the report ‘Raising the Standards’ aimed at bridging the gap between first Class and top club cricket. This encouraged the development of ECB Premier Leagues throughout England and Wales.
 
The NEPL was formed in 2000 in response to this initiative and it was developed by the Durham and Northumberland Cricket Boards as an ECB Regional Premier League to serve the needs of both counties.
 
Chester-le-Street Cricket Club applied to join the new league and became a founder member in 2000. The application process was rigorous and demanding but the Club met all the criteria successfully and a new era began.
 
In order to meet the standards required of the new league, new players were recruited and we were able to assemble a First Team squad which was more than capable of performing at the level necessary to establish the Club in this much higher standard of cricket.
 
The First Team has an excellent record in the league. We have been Champions on three occasions and in second place twice. Our lowest position was sixth and that was in the first year of the league. The Second Team has also won their league three times and been second three times. The Second Team has only once been lower than third in the league.
 
The Third Division was formed in 2002 and we managed to become Champions in 2010 with a very young squad of players.
 
In 2010 Chester-le-Street became champions of all three NEPL divisions; we are the only club to have achieved this.
 
We have also been very successful in winning NEPL Banks competitions:
The First Team won the Banks Salver in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. The Second Team won the Banks Bowl in 2005 and 2006 and the Third team won the Banks Cup in 2004, 2006 and 2009.
 
The First Team also won the new NEPL Twenty/20 Competition in 2009 and went forward to the National Cockspur ECB Competition reaching the semi final stage.
 
The Club has also been very successful in other cup competitions since 2000. We have won the Just Sport Trophy, the Austin Trophy and The Matthew Oswald Cup each on numerous occasions.
 
Perhaps our greatest achievement came in 2009 when we won the ECB National Club Cricket Competition. After a thrilling semi final at Shrewsbury we met London club Spencer at the Derbyshire County Ground for the final. It was a great day of triumph for Chester-le-Street Cricket Club which was celebrated in style by players, supporters, officials and members when we returned to our club. There was dancing on the pool table that night!
 
Whatever has been achieved is in no small way due to the fact that we play on excellent, well prepared pitches with a very good outfield which is enjoyed by every club that comes to play here besides being hugely appreciated by our players.
 
CCC midweek Third Team plays in the Durham Senior League competition. Since 2000 we have been League Champions eight times and have also won the League Cup on four occasions.
 
The Ladies Team was formed in 2004 and is now well established and achieving success. Members of the team are enthusiastic and respond readily to the coaching that the Club provides.
Chester-le-Street Cricket Club

Ropery Lane
Chester-le-Street
County Durham
DH3 3PF

0191 3883684




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