Beacon Cricket Club
Beacon Cricket Club is a friendly village club which was established in 1906 and has had Clubmark Status since 2006.
Address: Beacon Cricket Club, Tolcarne Road, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 9AA
Telephone: 01209 719671
The club is located on the outskirts of Camborne, and we have three adult sides competing in the Cornwall Cricket League and also run a midweek Evening League team.
Our 1st XI competes in County Division One whilst our 2nd and 3rd XI's are competing in Division 3 West and 7 West respectively. In 2005 our 1st XI won the Cornwall Cricket League T20 Centenary Cup.
The club are very lucky to have a loyal group of volunteers on its committee who work tirelessly off the field to help run and improve the club and its facilities.
The installation of a bar in the pavilion during the 2012/13 winter and subsequent improvement work within the pavilion throughout the 2013/14 winter has created a thriving social scene and good atmosphere.
It has also created additional funds to help run the club as well as reinvest in the facilities.
Experienced all-rounder, Darren Proctor continues to captain the 1st XI, whilst wicketkeeper and former captain Matt Floyd takes on the role of vice skipper and are aiming to improve on their 7th place finish in 2013.
The 1st XI squad has changed slightly over the winter with both Dominic Batchelor (now Gulval CC) and James Pook (now St Austell) leaving the club. However they have been ably replaced by the significant signings of Jordan Thomas from Troon CC, Larry Martin from Redruth CC and Richard Cardigan who has moved to the area.
Club Captain’s Quote
"We have some very talented cricketers at the club and I look forward to captaining them once again this season.
"Unlike previous years there doesn’t look like there is any one side that will stand head and shoulders above the rest in Division One, so it could be a very interesting season.
Club Events in 2014
Saturday 26th April: Indian Night – Fancy dress night, serving Indian beers and food
Saturday 14th June: Mexican Night – Fancy dress night, serving Mexican beers and food
Saturday 5th July: Caribbean Night – Fancy dress night, serving Caribbean beers and food
Saturday 12th July: Horse Racing Night
Saturday 9th August: General Knowledge Quiz Night
Saturday 23rd August: Disco Night
Saturday 6th September: Cornish Night – Fancy dress night, serving Cornish beers and pasties
In addition it’s hoped that the 80” projector will be put to good use this summer as we aim to show England’s World Cup games as well as other major sporting events.
"Hopefully the weather won’t ruin it!"
"I will be looking to the evergreen Robert Trembath to once again lead the way with the bat. Robert is closing in on 10,000 league runs for the club and although slightly unorthodox in his technique has unbelievable ability to dominate bowling attacks.
"I’m also looking forward to seeing the continued progression of the likes of James Gool, Daniel Mellor, Craig Thomas and Matt Floyd with the bat.
"Along with Kevin Thomas, myself and the addition of new signings Jordan Thomas, Larry Martin and Richard Cardigan our batting line up looks stronger than ever.
"On the bowling front Dave Dowling and Jordan Thomas will be taking the new ball and will be well backed up by Kris Martin who now looks back to his best, off spinner Jak Hodgkins, Craig Thomas, Richard White and myself.
With a strong committed squad I believe we are capable of beating any team in our league and really pushing for a top 3 or 4 finish this year."
- Jordan Thomas has signed from local rivals Troon CC. The 16 year old is an exceptional all-round talent who represents Cornwall at Under 17 level. Jordan will go straight into the 1st XI where he will be taking the new ball and batting in the middle order.
- Batsman Larry Martin has re-joined the club he left 18 years ago when he moved to Falmouth CC to fulfil his ambition to play in Cornwall’s top league after he’d scored a club record 979 league runs for Beacon 1st XI in the 1996 season. Larry later had brief spell at Redruth CC and a year off during 2013 to overcome a nagging injury.
- Richard Cardigan is a wicketkeeper batsman who has signed for the club after moving to the area. Dan Eathorne has joined from neighbouring Praze. Dan is an off spinning all-rounder who will bolster the 2nd XI squad.
Ground & Pavilion improvements
Following the installation the club bar during the winter of 2012/13 we have continued with more improvements to our bar area this winter. The entire pavilion has been redecorated internally, new spotlights have replaced the old fluorescent tubes, heaters have been installed as well as a CCTV camera. In addition to the pavilion work, new seating has been installed around the ground.
Beacon Cricket Club was formed in 1906, in response to the unemployment and deprivation facing the villagers at that time. Joe Thomas, who owned the local grocery, was concerned by the plight of all the young men who spent their days idly congregating around the Sunday School. He called a meeting at the local chapel, and it was decided that they would form a cricket club with two teams, under the guidance and presidency of local tin streamer, Sammy Williams.
The early years were typified by the thrift of Beacon’s cricketers. They carried their first wooden pavilion with them as the club moved from Higher Tolcarne to Beacon Fields to Condurrow. The club joined the Cornwall Cricket League in 1927 and, in its first season, won the Cooke Challenge Cup. By 1936 the club was finally complete, with its well-travelled pavilion finally settled at Tolcarne Road on a field scarred by mine burrows that had been owned by the Devonshire Brewery.
Cricket at Tolcarne Road was born… stone picking was never ending, so Nottingham marl was used to improve the playing surface. A petrol mower was soon purchased and things were looking up. A new wooden pavilion replaced the existing one built by the players, which remained on the ground until 1978 when it was demolished and a new block built pavilion constructed on the western side of the ground, where it stands today, once again this was built voluntary by members around at that time.
Over the years, Beacon Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength. A lot of people have played their part, and the club has needed them all to get to where the club is today.
Previous Chairman, Malcolm Lobb once wrote: "Few clubs would relish the challenge of being located between two of biggest clubs in Cornish Cricket history (Camborne and Troon), but the cricketers of Beacon are fighters, accustomed to living off scraps and hardened to the struggle for survival.
"Out of this adversity has arisen a loyalty, between Beacon’s players and their community, that is the envy of many clubs – and which makes them the club they are today."