Ampthill Town Cricket Club
Address: Ampthill Park, Woburn Road, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2HX
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Phone: 01525 840491
Our former Chairman Mike Thomas first coined the phrase, and now not many members don't believe that they belong to "The Finest Club In The World".
Cricket has been played in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, since the early 19th century; cricket at this time was house cricket.
This took place when Ampthill House entertained visiting house and club sides. In Bob Simons “Cricket in Hertfordshire” he noted that in 1860 St Albans lost their first game in 38 in Ampthill Park.
Ampthill Town CC was formed at a meeting at the King’s Head in 1880 “so the people of Ampthill could play cricket”. Sounds like the “House side” wouldn’t let them play! One of our first captains was F.S Tylecote who twice toured Australia with England.
Ampthill’s president in the 1930s was Sir Anthony Wingfield and due to his links with the Zoological Society of London an annual fixture started between the club and London Zoo, which is still held to this day. In 1933 Dr Van Langenberg scored 117 NO against the Zoo, a rare event in club cricket at that time.
Club cricket after the Second World War had a real struggle to re-establish itself, Ampthill Town managed this mainly due to the efforts of Richard Dillingham MBE who served the club as Captain, Chairman and President until his death. The award of MBE was a fitting tribute for his work for “Sport in Beds”.
The club played just friendly cricket until it joined the Millman Trophy in the late 1960s, lifting the trophy in 1994.
Today, on Saturday’s we run two elevens in the Hertfordshire Cricket League along with a 3rd XI & 4th XI in the Bedfordshire Invitational League. On Sundays we run four sides in the Bedfordshire League, the 1st XI winning the Premier Division in 2011.
We have a thriving youth section with teams from U10 to U16 age groups competing in the Bedfordshire Youth Cricket League.
Our main ground Ampthill Park, is picturesque and our bar always well stocked. From 2009 we have made a second home on Marston Moretaine Playing Fields. We have hosted several Minor Counties fixtures with Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Cheshire, Oxfordshire, Herefordshire and Hertfordshire having visited the Park. This year, on 12th April, Bedfordshire took on Oxfordshire in a 50 over friendly.
We are ECB Clubmark accredited and a Bedfordshire Cricket Board Focus Club.
Over the past few years Ampthill Town Cricket Club has worked hard to ensure we thrive as a club both on and off the field and we are very proud of our Club and heritage. We work tirelessly to run events, raise vital funds for the club and promote cricket across the wider community. We have recently appeared on ‘Cricket AM’ on Sky Television, organised our first annual Gala Ball which was a huge success and established Social Saturdays to encourage players, families and friends to come to our club on a regular basis. We have also hosted two matches against the highly regarded Lashings All Stars World XI International Cricket Team, last year’s was covered by BBC 3 Counties Radio and local media.
Each spring during NatWest Cricket Force Weekend, many volunteers give up their time to refresh our clubhouse, scorebox and grounds ready for the start of the new season.
We are always interested in speaking to local companies on how they can get involved with us and the local community, increase awareness of their company or brand and assist in the development needs of their local cricket club. We are able to offer a host of sponsorship packages, more details can be obtained from [email protected]