Welcome to Takeley Cricket Club
***2020 Season Update - 15th July 2020***
Following the latest government guidance, the resumption of recreational cricket is now possible. Here is an update on the club's current position and our intentions for the remainder of the season.
A full risk-assessment has been completed, discussed and approved by the club committee. This can be found under the Covid-19 section of the website (see menu). A copy of the Resumption Guidance can also be found here and has been shared with all club members.
For the remainder of the season the club will be fielding one team on a Saturday and one team on a Sunday. The Saturday team will play friendly fixtures against local clubs in the newly-formed HEBL league and will be a mixture of players from both the 1st and 2nd XI. Sunday fixtures have been re-arranged from earlier in the season to fill the vacant dates. Saturday fixtures from 18th July to 12th September can be found under the 'Saturday 2020 Season' fixtures by clicking on the Fixtures tab at the top. Sunday fixtures can be found by following the same link. A copy of the new HEBL handbook is available under the Club Welfare section.
We politely ask that all players and spectators adhere to the latest government guidance as the safety of everybody involved remains the most important factor.
We look forward to welcoming back our players, spectators and visitors to Takeley Cricket Club.
Located in the village of Takeley in Essex, the Cricket Club was established in 1880. Throughout the 20th century, we played friendly fixtures against other local village teams, on both Saturdays and Sundays, always with the emphasis on enjoyment of the game. Formation of a local league in the 1990's meant that Saturday friendly games were becoming harder to arrange and it became inevitable that we would need to play league cricket to ensure regular Saturday games.
In 1997, we joined Division 3 of the Herts and Essex Cricket League, playing games on Saturdays between April and September, largely in West and South Essex & East Hertfordshire. Since then we have won promotion twice and been Division 1 Champions (in 2002). In 2018 the 1st XI won the Division 2 title and the club took the decision to seek a new challenge in a different league. In 2019 Takeley CC competed in the Cambridgeshire Cricket League, Junior 1 South and won promotion at the first attempt. For the 2020 season, we will be playing in CCA Senior League Division 3 which also sees a return to the 45 over format.
In 2009, we formed and entered a second team into the Herts & Essex Cricket League, which was largely aimed at helping push through the youth in the club, letting them gain experience on the way to (hopefully) becoming regular first team players in the future. The Second XI have enjoyed 3 promotions since their inception, including a fine season in 2016 where they finished runners-up. The 2nd XI played the 2019 season in division 4 of the Herts and Essex Cricket League, finishing in 8th position. Following the formation of The Tees Herts & Essex Border League over the winter, the 2nd XI will be competing in division 2 of the HEBL for the 2020 season.
Not all cricket played at Takeley is on a league basis, and the Club still arranges friendly Sunday fixtures throughout the season against other clubs in the local area. We are always happy to welcome new players into the team and Sunday games are often a good place to start and get a flavour of the capabilities and camaraderie that exist in the Club. We pride ourselves on being a friendly club, with a competitive spirit, but playing to enjoy rather than win at all costs. We have a very pretty ground, which is well prepared and looked after and our teas are the envy of many other clubs.
We also compete in two midweek 20/20 tournaments, the Boardmans Davis cup and the League cup. For the 2019 season we competed in two CCA cup competitions (Walker Cup T20 and Junior Cup) played on Sundays. The club has done very well in recent years, reaching several finals, winning the Davis Cup in 2005 and 2019 and the League Cup in 2017. We also won the Junior Cup in our inaugural season competing in the CCA, but are unable to defend the trophy due to our promotion into the Senior leagues.
As mentioned above, a key reason for creating the second team was to help to develop and retain young players as they become too old for local youth leagues. We run a youth team at Takeley, currently at Under 13 level, and are both keen and happy to welcome new, young cricketers to the Club.
We have a modern pavilion (opened in 2000) with excellent facilities, and have hosted County youth and ladies games for Essex CCC several times in recent years.
We are very proud to be a member of the Jack Petchey Award Scheme. Further details of the scheme as well as past winners can be found by clicking the link on the sidebar.
Details on the exact location of the ground as well as contact information for captains and youth managers can be found on the relevant pages of the website. The Photo Galleries section is good viewing with a range of photos of Takeley players both young and old!