“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 our games on one of the most picturesque village greens in the
country. Cricket has played here since 1839 and 2014 will be the 175th anniversary. 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 Cricket League and on
Sundays we are Divisions 1 and 3 of the Bedfordshire County League. We play in a variety of local midweek cup
competitions including the Bedford Hospital Cup and the East Beds Charity
Heritage Cup and Senior Shield. 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 and an under-12 side will play friendly games.
This is all part of a club policy to encourage young players to play cricket.
The pavilion is open every evening of the year and with a well stocked bar open, the envy of many visiting clubs. It acts a social centre for the local villages and more details can be found on our website ickwellcricketclub.org.uk. We are a friendly club and are always keen to welcome new players. So if you would like to play challenging, competitive cricket please or just enjoy a sociable game please contact any of the team captains or the cricket secretary via the links on the About Us page.
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.
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