Thank you for visiting the website of Egerton Cricket Club members of the newly formed Greater Manchester Cricket League.
The idea of forming a cricket club in Egerton originated in July 1863. The team, mainly comprised of players from Eagley, Egerton and Firwood and played their first match against Darwen the following summer, with the Egerton team travelling to the ground at Lower Darwen by milk cart. Darwen won the match by 120 to Egerton’s 45. An odd score today because Egerton batted first, but not an uncommon occurrence back then.
In the early days the Egerton players had to travel much further than they do today, with matches against teams including Rishton, Hulme, Chorley and Blackpool.
In 1882 the Club secured the services of their first professional who received £42, twelve shillings and threppence halfpenny for the season. This was more than covered by an income of around £67 from subscriptions but still represented over half the club’s expenditure. The following season they employed two professionals and would sometimes have more for the important matches.
In 1933 the Club were informed by the landowner that they would have to purchase the ground if they wanted to continue playing cricket there. The 1647 inhabitants of the village raised the £1100 necessary by means of subscriptions and a Bazaar. By now a top professional could be receiving up to £10 a match.
In 1967 the club began to look at it does today, with the opening of the new clubhouse and pavilion at the top end of the ground – made from Norwegian Spruce if anyone was wondering and interestingly the club is 22 yards from end to end.
Ten years later the club won arguably the biggest game in the club’s history, the Lancashire Knock Out against Lancaster at Old Trafford. Batting first Egerton scored 189-5 with Parvez Mir hitting 75 and Keith Hornby an invaluable 45 from 20 deliveries. Mir followed this with 4 for 12 as Egerton won by 32 runs. Egerton became one of the few clubs in the county to reach a second final but were defeated by Bootle in 2009.
Egerton Cricket Club, founder members of the Bolton Cricket League, has recently made one of the most important decisions in its 150 year history and although the decision was painful it wasn’t taken lightly and the Club as a whole is behind the move to the new GM League.
As with any Club the Egerton CC membership is made up of different groups mostly volunteers, including committee members, junior and senior players, parents, social members, sponsors etc and it is a whole cross section of these people, who have decided to seek new challenges, not just a few like minded people. In reaching the decision that we have, much discussion took place, open forums, meetings with parents, circulation of paperwork, to make sure that everyone had the opportunity to access the proposals being considered.
The Club has an ongoing capital investment program which has so far seen a new electronic scoreboard, refurbished changing rooms, a brand new 2 lane practice net facility whilst the Clubhouse has benefitted from refurbishments and a new heating system. We will continue to invest in the Club both on and off the field with plans for new covers, outfield drainage and improved facilities for the comfort of our members and visitors.
However of equal importance we have continued to invest in the future of the Club and in particular our junior section: recently renamed the Egerton CC Junior Foundation we have over 100 kids registered and regularly place Cricket Coaches into the two local Primary Schools. We were the first Club in the area to create a Cricket Academy for our juniors and at this time the Club is strong, viable and has excellent links with the local Community so the Club and its members consider it to be in a good position.