Club History

Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club was started in 1948 and played in the Newark Alliance and Lincoln League. In 1997 a merger took place between Claytons Cricket Club and Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club due to two factors –

– Issues with the Lee Road ground and potential sale of the ground.
– Bracebridge Heath had insufficient players to carry on using the current ground.

For the first year after the merger the club was known as Bracebridge Heath [Claytons] to stop any confusion but after this first year the [Claytons] element was dropped for the 1998 season.

In 1999 a new constituation was passed to form a Sports and Social Club to enable us to run a bar and host social functions. With this the club was open to anyone of any ability to play or watch cricket within a friendly and safe environment. In 2004 the constituation was amended to incoporate the “Safe Hands” Child Protection Policy as stipulated by the ECB Cricket Board.

After the merger of Claytons and Bracebridge Heath, the club operated 2 Junior teams and in 2002 after the appointment of Mark Fells as the club head coach, membership started to rise which allowed an increase in teams that were operated.

With the help of David Hall and the success of gaining a Lottery Grant in 1999, an extension of the Pavillion was undertaken in which saw the creation of the toilet area as well as two new changing rooms with shower facilities. All of this work was undertaken by volunteers who were members of the club using their professional trades to assist in this development.

In 2000 all the alteration work was complete and during an Open Day which occurred on the first May bank holiday whereby Mrs Olwyn Hager, who was a district councillor and club vice president opened the new facilities to an audience of club members, local villagers and club vice-presidents.

For the 2002 season, the first XI moved from the Notts ECB League to the Lincolnshire ECB League under the captainancy of Mark Fells. The side remained league champions from 2003 to 2009, as well as again in 2011, 2015 and 2016. This side has also won the Lincs cup in 2001, 2006, 2007, 2011 and 2012 with the 2007 win sending us to the national finals in Cardiff which was shown on Sky Television.

Since 2006 the club has funded overseas players to play within the First and Second XI’s. All of these players assist with our junior coaching and most have become part of the “Peacocks” family with some of our own players visiting them in there home countries.

Bracebridge Heath CC now has a full compliment of junior sides competing in various leagues as well as four strong senior teams that are performing well and a lot of our players going on to be involved in the Lincolnshire CC setup.

In recent years we have been extremely unfortunate in the passing of 3 of our key committee members which set the club back but as a club, Bracebridge Heath CC are working to become 2017 champions, build up strong community links as well as entering a new phase of alteration for the 2017 season.

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