Bath Cricket Club

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Bath Cricket Club
Bath Cricket Club. pavilion skyline.jpg
Bath Cricket Club Pavilion
Established: 1859
Home venue: North Parade Ground
No. of titles 10
Western League title wins: 1974, 1994, and 1998
West of England Premier League title wins: 2013, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, and 1999

Bath Cricket Club is an English amateur cricket club based in the city of Bath, Somerset. The club was founded in 1859 and the Men's 1st XI compete in the West of England Premier League, which is an accredited ECB Premier League, the highest level for recreational club cricket in England and Wales. Bath Cricket Club currently run four Men's teams, and two Women's Teams. In 2003 Bath Cricket Club merged with Somerset Wanderers Women's cricket team. The Women's teams use the playing name of 'Bath Wanderer's. The Women's 1st XI play in the National Women's Premier League - South Division. This is also the highest level for recreational clubs.

Home matches are played at the North Parade Ground in Bath, which hosted a Women's One Day International match between England and India in August 2008. The ground had previously been the venue for two women's Twenty20 internationals in 2007, when England played New Zealand.[1]

History[edit]

Bath Cricket Club was formed in 1859, by a group from Bath's YMCA. The club initially played its home matches at Claverton Down, on the southern edge of Bath, but soon bought a ground closer to the centre of Bath from the 4th Duke of Cleveland, known as the Watermeadows, for £200. This became the North Parade Ground that the club have played on ever since. Having initially been called the Bath Association Cricket Club, in 1872 the club was renamed Bath Cricket Club.[2] The men's first XI at the club was successful throughout the 1990s and 2000s, never finishing lower than fifth from 1991 onwards, and being champions in 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003,[3] 2005,[4] 2006,[5] 2008,[6] and 2010.[7][8]

In 2011, for the first time in their history, Bath Cricket Club added the name of a sponsor onto their shirts, a move which the club say was necessary for their cricket school.[9]

Senior Honours[edit]

Since the WEPL started in 1999, Bath have been by far the most successful club, only finishing the season out of the top two once, and winning the Premier One title on seven occasions.

Men[edit]

Women[edit]

A partnership started in 2001 with Somerset Wanderers Ladies Cricket Club, and this led to a merger which places the Club at the leading edge of female community cricket development. Many girls play in predominantly boys teams, and also in senior men's teams. There are three female senior sides (known as Bath Wanderers) and the Club provides the majority of female players for Somerset and several at international level.

Youth[edit]

Bath Cricket have a strong record in developing youth cricket; The Youth set-up is quite strong with lots of players who play for Somerset. Bath operate youth teams from under 11 to U15 age groups, including girls teams. The youth teams largerly play in the Bath & District Youth League; they also enter the national cricket youth competitions.

Youth Honours (National):-

  • Lady Taverners U13 National Girls Competition - Champions 2003
  • Portman BS U15 National Boys Competition - Finalists 2003
  • Portman BS U15 National Boys Competition - Champions 2004 & 2012
  • Lady Taverners U15 National Girls Competition - Runners-up 2004 & 2006
  • Boys U13 National Competition - Champions 2007

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bath Cricket Club Ground". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2008-10-11. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Ruddick, John (2009). "1859: The Birth of Bath Cricket Club". Bath Cricket Club 1859–2009, 150 Years of Playing Cricket: The Anniversary Handbook (PDF). pp. 6–7. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "West of England Premier League 2003 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "West of England Premier League 2005 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ "West of England Premier League 2006 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ "West of England Premier League 2008 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ "West of England Premier League 2010 Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 21 June 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Bath Cricket Club 1859–2009, 150 Years of Playing Cricket: The Anniversary Handbook (PDF). 2009. p. 46. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bath Cricket Club bidding to bowl over new sponsors". thisisbath. 3 February 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 

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