Epping Cricket Club
Address: Lower Bury Lane, Epping, Essex, CM16 5HA
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Phone: 01992 572552
Epping Cricket Club are preparing to embark on their 149th season with a new management team and a colts revival expected to improve their chances of on-field success this summer.
The Lower Bury Lane club, which was founded in 1865, has traditionally suffered from being the poor relation of other richer clubs in the area. But few clubs can boast the picturesque scenery of its country-feel location despite being tucked away off the back of Epping High Street on Copped Hall land. And the club's rich traditions, friendly family atmosphere and attention to bringing on young talent are among the reasons why hundreds of cricketers and their families have been attracted to it over the years.
The club has consistently backed its youth policy with many colts going on to play for the first team. In recent years the club has invested heavily in its colts set up with a number of qualified coaches passing on their cricketing skills and love of the game to local youngsters.
For the 2014 season the club has appointed a new chairman Dhiru Gadhvi to follow up on the amazing work of his predecessor John Brades whose fundraising exploits enabled the club to renovate its period changing rooms building and revamp its groundwork equipment. Alongside him are club stalwart John Sangar as secretary, Pete Simpson as treasurer and grounds manager Dan Sly, who has dramatically improved the playing facilities in recent years. Taking over as Saturday first team captain is Rakesh Bagga with Manni Bawa captaining the 2s and Graham Preston the 3rds.
The club is always on the look out for new players young and old to fill its three Saturday teams playing in the Shepherd Neame Essex League and its series of enthusiastic colts sides.
For those who prefer social cricket, Epping provide one of the few sides in the area now regularly turning out on Sundays. The club's first game of the season is a friendly at Hockerill on Saturday April 19 with the first team taking on high-flying Woodford Wells in the Essex League Cup at Lower Bury Lane a week later. Then the club's three Saturday league sides start their campaigns on May 10. The sides who play at Lower Bury Lane ground are also likely to enjoy the club's legendary teas which are constantly voted among the best in Essex.
Anyone who is interested in playing for Epping (adult or colts) or coming along to the club to watch the cricket or attend social activities should check the club's website for details: www.eppingcc.hitscricket.co.uk