Sutton-in-Craven Cricket Club
Sutton-in-Craven Cricket Club was formed around 1902 by the Vicar, playing friendly matches. By 1904, under the Rev A R Light, they joined the "SKIPTON JUNIOR CRICKET LEAGUE". The team was known as Sutton Church, and to play for the team the members had to be church-goers.
In 1933 the team, which was now called Sutton Parish, joined the West Bradford League. Team membership had been thrown open to all men in the parish. They re-joined the Craven League in 1940 but after 1941 the team was not in the league owing to the Second World War, with the shortage of players etc.
Sutton Cricket Club, as it was now known, re-joined the Craven League in 1946 and shared the championship with J Nelson's, and in 1947 won the WYNN Cup.
During the war the cricket ground was used for friendly matches between local factories, and the Home Guard and ARP Wardens.
Although not winning the WYNN Cup since 1947, the club has won the Keighley Cup a few times - the first team in 1994 and the second team in 1984 and 1997.
Now the club is still going strong with two senior and three junior teams still playing on the same ground after 100 years. We have an active junior section providing the opportunity for youngsters of all age groups to get involved in cricket.
In 2009 the club achieved the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Clubmark accreditation, the first club in the Craven League to achieve this recognition. This accreditation recognises good club management and child welfare practices. We have maintained this standard to the present day.
In September 2013 the club purchased the freehold of the ground thereby securing its future use as a cricket field.
In June 2016 the club officially opened our new clubhouse, the culmination of much hard work and effort to replace our playing and social facilities that had stood since the 1930's.
A number of local groups utilise the facilities which are available for hire by contacting Chris Todd on 01535 636959.
The officials of the club are:
Any enquiries relating to the club, please contact David Holdsworth on 01535 636309.
Click here to visit the Sutton-in-Craven Cricket Club web site.
Kwik Cricket Festival
Since 2007 the cricket club has hosted a Kwik Cricket Festival involving up to 100 youngsters from local primary schools.
Kwik Cricket is a short but energetic form of the game that introduces children under 11 to the game of cricket. All children are involved in the game, participating in batting, bowling, and fielding.
Working in partnership with South Craven School, the cricket club coordinates pre-festival coaching sessions within each primary school involving coaches from the club and students from the school as part of their Young Leaders programme.
The festivals have been hugely successful and it is wonderful to see up to 4 games of cricket simultaneously taking place at the ground.
Since 2011 the club have hosted two festivals at different age groups.
The club are more than happy to make our facilities available to local schools and in recent years South Craven have used the ground for inter-school games as part of a schools partnership agreement with the club.