Littletown Cricket Club
Location: Littletown Cricket Club, Cross Street, Littletown, Durham, DH6 1PX
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From an overgrown rubbish tip to a field of dreams for village cricket, Littletown CC have been on a remarkable journey over the past 18 months.
It's not often that cricket clubs get a second chance to make a comeback never mind a third, but that is exactly what has happened to Littletown CC. Founded around the mid 1880's (the exact year is unknown) Littletown ran a successful club. As far back as 1893 Littletown had 3 weekend teams, decades of cricket followed, winning league titles on no less than 7 occasions.
The club records show that Littletown first folded around the mid 1970's however returned from the dead around 10 years later in 1985. A brand new, young crop of players re-formed Littletown for the first time. What a successful story it was, competing in the North East Durham Cricket League the club always proved to be very competitive winning various trophies along the way, the last win was the Norman Martin Cup in 2004.
Sadly with no junior system in place, injuries growing and player numbers dwindling alongside lack of funding, we eventually fell to the wall in 2006. Following over 100years of cricket, the game we love unlikely to ever return to the quaint little ground situated in the small village just outside of Durham. In 2012 a group of enthusiastic cricket lovers (lead by Eddy Finn, Gregg Arundel and Paul Chapplow) got together form a plethora of different clubs and backgrounds, they saw huge potential in a ground that had been left to rack and ruin over 6 years. Littletown CC are once again back from the dead and this time they're here to stay!
As our photos show, hard work and dedication were in demand throughout mid-summer 2012 until April 2013 to prepare a ground to hear leather on willow again. As well as the manual labour, the work off field was phenomenal; long winter evenings spent attending meetings, filling in grant applications, recruiting players and training were all happening. It was that hard work and dedication that enabled the club to return on a bigger scale than we anticipated in 2013.
A 5 year development plan was created and over £50k worth of funding from various grant sources and sponsors was secured, this allowed us to purchase equipment that some well-established clubs still havenít got. We returned to play in the North East Durham League Division 2 & 3 and even had a Sunday League team entered into the Hetton Lyons Sunday Cricket League. From nothing to over 50 members we even managed to launch a new junior section. Success on the field ensued, gaining promotion at first time of asking and collecting runners up medals in cup competition.
2014, we have strengthened again, the fundraising bandwagon has been steaming ahead again and more people have been following our unique story. Plans for new double lane nets, electronic scoreboards and even a brand new pavilion are progressing at pace and we are delighted to be in partnership with Cricket World magazine as a featured club.
We want to share our story with all cricket romantics as far and wide as possible, hopefully sharing tales of more success across 2014 as we embark on several projects and events to ensure the long term future of our great ëLittleí-town club Please feel free to follow us on twitter @littletowncc, Facebook or online at www.littletowncc.co.uk and read our blogs/view our pics/videos on Cricketworld.com.