Beverley Town Cricket Club
Address: Norwood Park, Recreation Lane, Beverley, Yorkshire, HU17 9HW
Phone: 01482 862520
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Beverley Town is a proud community club where four senior teams, now all members of the York Senior League, and five junior teams play. Football, tennis, squash, and bowls co-exist on an 11-acre site.
Above all Beverley Town is a friendly and inclusive family club, with a well-used bar and strong social scene, that all contribute to a successful club which is a green haven near the centre of the busy market town.
When the rules of the newly formed Beverley Town Cricket Club were put together in 1862 one said “…every member shall be obedient to the captain of the game”. It is likely that the inclusion of this rule was the result of a lengthy period of poor behaviour and mismanagement that had troubled clubs in the town in the preceding years.
Cricket had been played in Beverley since the 1770s but the club we know today began with a meeting at the Turf Inn (now the Royal Standard) in March 1862 and the turbulent times, frequently and fully highlighted in the local press, were soon forgotten.
Early games were played on the Westwood but a new ground was found and in 1884 the club moved to the site of the old Iron and Waggon Works in Mill Lane. The ground, surrounded by a cycle and athletics track, was on the small side and was expensive to rent. Twenty-five years later the generosity of former captain Mr JA Dunkerly allowed the club to move to a new ground in Norwood where it remains.
The club was a member of the old East Yorkshire Cup competition and won the league title three times. 2011’s runners-up position in the York Senior League Premier Division is the best finish for the 1st XI since joining in 1998 but perhaps the greatest triumph was winning the inaugural Yorkshire Champions Trophy in 1976.
A quarter final win over Pudsey St Lawrence is still fondly recalled by senior members and the trophy was secured with a win over Aire-Wharfe champions Knaresborough CC.
Nowadays the club is especially noted for its strong junior section where players start at around six years of age and move through softball and junior cricket to senior league cricket.