“The Ickwell Oak”
This magnificent 260 year old tree stands in the outfield at Ickwell Green. It is the “logo” for Ickwell Cricket Club. No matter where the ball hits you score just four runs. To earn six runs you have to hit it over the top – a feat rarely achieved!
We play on one of the most picturesque village greens in the country. Cricket has been played here since 1839. A magnificent 250 year old oak tree stands in the outfield and has been adopted as a “logo” by the club. We run 1st and 2nd XI’s who play their Saturday cricket in Divisions 1 and 4 of the Huntingdonshire County Cricket League and on Sundays we are in Divisions 1 and 3 of the Bedfordshire County League. We also play in a variety of local midweek cup competitions including Bedfordshire Cricket 20:20, East Beds Charity Heritage Cup, East Beds under-18 and Bedford Hospital Cup. During the winter we have two sides in the Bedfordshire Indoor Cricket League.
Ickwell Cricket Club has always been involved in developing young cricketers and we offer youth coaching on Sunday mornings throughout the season. We run under-14 and under-16 youth teams in the Bedfordshire Youth Leagues. This is all part of a club policy to encourage young players to play cricket.
The club also host many County matches, cup finals and charity games. It is a very popular venue for all who love playing and watching cricket.
The pavilion is open every evening of the year with a well stocked bar the envy of many visiting clubs. We act as a social centre for the local villages and have a golf section, crib teams and many social functions. There is something for all the family. Ickwell is a friendly club and are always keen to welcome new players. So if you would like to play challenging, competitive cricket or just enjoy a sociable game please contact any of the club officials via the links on the About Us page. We will be pleased to welcome you to the club.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark