Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club
Address: Mopsies Park, Timberlog Close, Off Timberlog Lane, Basildon, Essex
Phone: 01268 558299
The Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club is an amalgam of a number of different clubs in the Basildon area; the three main clubs being The Basildon Cricket Club, Basildon Cranes CC and Pitsea Cricket Club.
The club currently run 4 teams in the Shepherd Neame Essex League, A T20 side “The Buffalos”, a Sunday side which tour Essex playing friendly cricket and we also run 4 youth sides (U9, U11, U13 and U15).
Originally called Basildon Cricket Club, cricket was played in the area before WW2, however the club fell into decline during the war period as the membership went to serve in the forces. The club was reformed in 1948, and played on a pitch which has since become the famous Tractor Plant in the town.
When the new town was taking shape, the club moved away from the centre of Basildon, to Benfleet, and we moved back into the town in 1962. In 1968 the first merger came about, when Basildon Cranes CC was faltering, and their members moved over to a newly named The Basildon Cricket Club.
At this time, the club moved its headquarters to Mopsies Park in Basildon, where the club still play today. At the time of the merger, a number of players from other clubs joined us, and we became a club of considerable strength, winning the Basildon Knock Out Cup on numerous occasions and also becoming the first club from outside the area to win the Southend Knock Out Shield.
As time evolved, so did the fortunes of the club; however we have continued to hold a progressive approach to our cricket, constantly looking to innovate the game and to pride ourselves that we still have a very high percentage of players that have progressed through our youth teams into adult cricket.
One of our innovations was to be the first club in the area to install a non-turf wicket, which was so highly regarded by other clubs and the council that a number of the same wickets were laid in the subsequent years.
In 1982, the club was fortunate that through the hard work of the committee, we were able to open a new clubhouse, welcoming Stuart Turner and Brian Hardie (both Essex CCC players) down to Mopsies to cut the ribbon.
In 1997, the plight of Pitsea Cricket Club was such that they could no longer continue running cricket on their own, and so the two clubs combined; strengthening the membership again under the new name The Basildon & Pitsea Cricket Club.
Over the past few years, the club has been fortunate to have had visits from Sir Garfield Sobers, who came to our club in 2011 to observe our youth team coaching, and in 2014 we hosted a weekend of cricket with the German National Team, in preparation for their assault on the ICC European Division 2 league title.
Our T20 side “The Buffaloes” played the German team in a highly competitive game on the Friday night, with a side comprising of our players, some players from neighbouring clubs and also Tymal Mills and Nick Browne from Essex CCC giving them a further game on the Sunday.
The club has continued to grow as a club, and we are in the position we are today as a result of the hard work of a loyal band of volunteers who coach, manage and provide all the back up support a club could ever need.