Club History

Although there was a cricket club in Chippenham in the 50’s and 60’s this folded in 1969 and the current club wasn’t formed until 1993. Following discussions in The Tharp Arms, the idea to start the club was born. However, the main problem was having somewhere for us to play.  Eustace and Anne Crawley, who owned Chippenham Park Estate, were contacted to see if they had any land that we could use. The Crawleys were very supportive and agreed to lease the club the land where the cricket ground is now situated.

At the time this was a cow field and a lot of work and money was required to turn it into a cricket ground. We nearly gave up when we found the cost of just creating the cricket square would be £12000!  However, with the help of a grant from East Cambs District Council (ECDC) and a number of fund raising events, which received fantastic support from villagers, we raised the money and laid the square in the spring of 1993. We could not play on the square for another 14 months but it did give us time to turn the cow field into a cricket outfield. It also meant we played all our games in the first year at our opponents’ grounds.

The first game at the new Chippenham ground took place on the first Sunday in July 1994. Appropriately Colin Pammenter, who had captained the team in the 60’s, got a team of Chippenham players from that era together to play us. The sun shone and the village turned out in force to watch this first game which the new team won, but only just!

From this moment the club has continued to grow and prosper. In 1995 we won our first trophy, The Henrotin Cup and the following year we won the Midweek League second division title. In 2010 we started playing Saturday League Cricket at Chippenham for the first time and won the CCA Junior League Division 4 at the first time of asking. Since then we have been promoted each season and in 2014 will play in CCA Senior Division 3. In 2013 a 2nd XI was entered in the league and play in Junior League Division 4.

Our pavilion was built in 1998 by local builder PB Doyle. This was possible once again thanks to ECDC and also The Sports and Arts Foundation who provided grants to help achieve this important addition..

From the very first meeting it has always been our aim to ensure the club was part of the village. For this reason to play in our village Sunday side you must live or have lived in Chippenham, Snailwell, Freckenham, or Badlingham or have family who live in one of the villages.  It has also meant that we have converted a number of villagers previously not interested in the game into players or spectators.Our fundraising events such as The Music Night, Cricket Dinner, and Inter-village Kwik Cricket competition have become major events in the Chippenham calendar.

We are also very proud to have had 8 different England cricketers speak at our annual dinner including one ex-captain Chris Cowdrey. In addition we were honoured to have Sir Richard Hadlee speak at the 2004 dinner.

Team photo of those who spent the whole of Easter 1993 digging out our square Digging out our square on Easter Sunday 1993 (We started on Good Friday!) Digging out our square on Easter Sunday 1993 (We started on Good Friday!) The 2004 Tour to Ross-on-Wye Darren Hughes trying to make it look like he is doing some work! The team for our first home game -July 1994 The team for our second game, June 1993. We beat Shudy Camps to record our first victory 1995 and our first trophy, The Henrotin Cup. Chop is the little lad at the front! Norbert preparing to bat in the lovely weather for first game in May 1993 (away to Reed) one of our many successful cricket dinners held at Chippenham Village Hall