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Since - 1878...

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Winstanley Park Cricket Club

WINSTANLEY PARK CRICKET CLUB


The club was formed in 1878, during the lifetime of Meyrick Bankes II, and the ground is situated in the north west corner of Winstanley Park. The men who formed the club were mostly employees of the estate, gardeners, gamekeepers, joiners, stable hands and the like, who fortunately felt the need of other sporting entertainment than wrestling, whippet racing or pigeon fancying, which were some of the more common pastimes of the day.

At first, only friendly games were played but on 20 April 1907 the club became a founder member of the West Lancashire league, then called the Wigan and District Cricket League. Winstanley won the Salter Cup in 1910 and after the Great War was reformed and won the Salter Cup Again in 1931 and the Farnworth Cup in 1935.

During the second world war the only games to be played on the ground were by members of the RAF who were billeted on the estate. At the end of the war the club was again revived, and after much back breaking work on the ground it was made fit for cricket again. Winstanley won the Salter Cup again in 1951, 1952 and 1955.

As a result of differences in the West Lancashire League in 1962 Winstanley, along with seven other division 1 clubs resigned from the league and formed the West Lancs Cricket Association. Winstanley enjoyed immediate success by winning the division 1 championship in 1963, the Rathbone Cup in 1963 and 1964, and the Baxter Cup in 1964.

In 1978 a Centenary Dinner was held at the Brocket Arms, with Lord and Lady Winstanley in attendance. We also beat a strong League X1 in a celebratory Centenary match at the Park.

A setback occurred in 1979 when our landlord wanted to take the ground back to use the land for other purposes. An offer of a ground off Holmes House Ave was made to us but eventually our landlord relented and in 1982 the club signed a 21 year lease with JGW Bankes at our current site.

In an unsettling period in 1983 the SWLCA became the South Lancs Cricket League followed in 1986 by a merger to form the Bass Lancs and Merseyside League. In the same year our new ‘brick built’ pavilion was opened by Lord Winstanley.

In 1990 the club successfully applied to join the Southport & District Amateur Cricket League that we are still in today.

1991 witnessed a memorable Sportsmans Dinner with Basil D’Oliviera in attendance.

In the mid 90’s membership levels were causing concern and in 1995 the club saw advantage in merging with Garswood CC but retained our name.

Up to 2002 the clubs junior section had been a thriving section but parental support and involvement were dropping off and we suffered a 5 year gap without junior teams until restarting up with an U9’s team in 2008.

Honours in the Southport & District league are recorded in the club handbook and in another section of this web. We have developed a solid relationship with our main League and been awarded finals at our ground.

The 2013 season saw the  1st X1 in Prem B, the 2ndX1 in Div2,  a Sunday X1 in the West Lancs League plus 4 junior teams (boys and girls!) turning out for the club.