Great Oakley Cricket Club
Address: Lewin Rd, Corby, Great Oakley, Northamptonshire NN18 8JS
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Situated in the north of the Rose Of The Shires Northamptonshire, our club was formed way back in 1873.
We are located on the grounds of Oakley Estates, now Great Oakley Farms, owned by the De Cappell Brooke family.
Our landlords have always been our presidents, beginning with Lord Brook of Oakley, followed by Edward and now our current president, Hugh De Cappell Brooke Esq.
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We have had five different grounds within the estate, moving to our current ground in Top Park, off of Lewin Road in 1919. It was reported in 1956 that on our first ground, near to the now Spread Eagle Public house, a six could not be scored as the ground was too small, even hitting over the top of the rope was four.
Although, a ‘nine’ was recorded in 1885 off of one hit – due to, according to the then Chairman Mr Harold Bagshaw, ‘ball lost in the long grass’.
In 1919 our current ground was described as one of the best in Northamptonshire village cricket, an honour we still hold proud. We joined the Kettering District League in 1896 in its formation year and quickly became its first champions, winning it again in 1913 and 1953.
We then moved on to playing in the Geddington District Midweek League, which we are still in today, and then the Northants County League, one of four leagues in Northants.
In 1981 we built our first brick-built clubhouse, only for it to be destroyed by arsonists just two years later, a sight which saw many members and players in tears. We rebuilt to our now existing clubhouse, extending with new changing rooms and grounds-man’s garage as we have grown.
Past chairmen include Harold Bagshaw, Bill Boddington and David Skinner, Mr Bagshaw having a shield in his memory for outstanding services and dedication to the club which we still present on our annual awards night.
Our current chair is Mick York. Together with his wife Vilma, they have been involved with the club for over 60 years, this being recognised officially last year by the league with an award for their dedication.
Mick is also our groundsman, a job which he takes great pride in, and he has twice been the counties winner in the OSCA nominations, last year for the Lifetime Achievement award.
We now play in the Northants Cricket League, formed in 2004 with the coming together of all four leagues in the county. The First XI are in Division Three and the Second XI in Division Eight having won Division Nine last season (2013).
We also have a side in the Geddington Midweek League and youth teams at Under-11, Under-12 and Under-15 levels.
We can boast having hosted the likes of Dennis Lillee, Allan Lamb, David Capel, Curtly Ambrose, David Ripley, Stephen Fleming and the like at Testimonial games and host County Representative games regularly.
We are available as a party venue, with a fully licensed bar and dance floor with room for live bands.