Andoversford Cricket Club
Andoversford Cricket Club was founded in 1901, nothing more is known of the club’s history until 1933, when from then until the 2nd World War in 1939, games (including League cricket) were played at various local fields including one on the northern side of the present-day A40 road. The club resumed in 1947 after the end of the war and even introduced a 2nd XI between 1948 and 1953. By 1951 the club had moved to its present ground at the village playing fields in the village.
The 1960s was a particularly successful period with an influx of new young players raising the club’s profile and playing a prominent part in the formation of Andoversford Sports Club, encompassing both the cricket and football clubs. Competitive cricket returned with the club’s entry into the Cheltenham Evening Challenge Cup and the fixture list expanded significantly – even including games on Boxing Day! During this period local youngsters produced club record performances which still stand today.
Although some of the club’s more successful players had left by the early 1970s, the club’s horizons continued to expand with entry into the Gloucester & District League and the National Village Championship and the undertaking of a mid-season tour. By the mid-late 1970s, however, fortunes had waned and a rebuilding process was necessary. Some of the players who began in the 1960s continued to play a prominent part, but were joined by a number of new players, many of whom continued to play for the club for many years.
By the 1980s competitive cricket had largely been abandoned, and the club played friendly games only for a number of years as a period of stability ensued. Some of the club’s current players joined during this period and the club gradually began to find its feet again.
Since the 1990s the club has returned to a mixture of League and friendly cricket. The club won the Cotswold District Cricket Association League Division 1 championship for the first time in 1999 but then fluctuated between Divisions 1 and 2. In 2015 we transferred to the Cheltenham & Gloucester Cricket Association and won their League Division 1 in our first season, so gaining promotion to the newly-formed Cheltenham, Gloucester & Forest of Dean League Premier Division for 2016.
We also have a full programme of friendly games on Sundays and the occasional midweek evening.
The Club’s web-site is linked below:
Player Recruitment & Junior Cricket
All Stars Training Programme for 5-8 year olds
Andoversford Cricket Club will be running the England & Wales Cricket Board’s All Stars Cricket programme this year for children aged 5-8 (school years 1-3). The programme runs for 8 weeks with sessions at the ground on Friday evenings from 6.45 – 7.45 pm, starting on 10 May. The cost of the programme is £40 which includes some personalised kit for each child. Parents need to register their child online at https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/At/andoversford (click on the course details). The club contacts for this programme are Tony Newcombe (07884451264, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Justin Hawley (07834728045, email@example.com).
The All Stars programme will run concurrently on Friday evenings with the club’s own coaching programme for children aged 8-15 (school years 4-10). The cost of this programme is £2 per session. The club contact for this programme is Richard Cerrone (07837346822, firstname.lastname@example.org).
New players are always welcome so we’d be keen to hear from anyone (including youngsters, preferably aged 13 or over) who would be interested in playing for any of the club’s senior teams. Ability isn’t as important as enthusiasm! The club contact is Tony Newcombe (01242 239913, 07884451264, email email@example.com).
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The club has it’s shirts currently sponsored by AIM Custom Clothing.
We are currently engaged in a development programme aimed at all aspects of the cricket club encompassing both playing and non-playing resources. We are inviting local businesses to sponsor elements of our development programme, initially focused on clothing, equipment and youth development. Please contact Chris Baxter by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Conway Conway_0706@hotmail.com