Who We Are?
Maltby Cricket Club was founded in 1946 (with evidence that the club was in existence from 1896) and has grown from a small village club with just one senior team to a thriving club with four senior teams and juniors playing from under 9 to under 19 levels. Our 1st XI competes in the North Yorkshire and South Durham (NYSD) ECB Division Three, our 2nd XI in Division Four and our 3rd XI in Sunday Conference South. Our over-40s team compete in the NYSD Masters’ Competition. Our junior members compete in the North Yorkshire Area Cricket Council’s competitions. Many of these children are given the opportunity to play in our senior teams. Most of our senior players have come through our junior coaching programmes including our current 1st XI captain.
Prior to Covid-19 the club participated in the ECB’s All Stars programme. The club has organised annual tournaments for local schools from 1998 (under 13 and 15 levels). Both competitions regularly attracted entries from between 8 and 10 schools. Acklam Grange, winners of the 2015 Michael Covell Memorial Trophy, are pictured below.
England World Cup Winner Liam Plunkett was a member of the triumphant Nunthorpe School Under 13 team in 1998 and returned to Maltby in 2019 to support his nephew in an under 13 fixture. Liam was happy to pose with players from both teams. Would England have won the World Cup without Maltby's School Competitions?
The club organised girls’ cricket festivals from 2016 to 2019. The tournaments attracted entries from six local schools. Will one of these girls win the World Cup in 2037?
The club is proud of its open access policy and has members and participants from a wide range of backgrounds. Maltby has been Clubmark accredited for almost twenty years and has been an ECB Focus Club for more than ten years.
While this campaign will help us recover lost income resulting from the Covid-19 restrictions, the club also has exciting plans to upgrade our facilities. We have most of the funding in place to install new state of the art practice nets as well as a new scorebox and umpires' changing facilities.
All our volunteer coaches want to further invest in our training equipment. This will enable us to work with children of all abilities to develop their skills and confidence. We would particularly like to invest in skill specific training aids such as bowling targets.
The club also has a regular programme of ground and pavilion refurbishment, which will include the installation of new benches around the ground, additional seating around the pavilion area, roof repairs, and refurbishment of our changing rooms. Previous refurbishments have been carried out by club members (young and old) as part of NatWest Cricketforce events. Club members are very proud of the facilities that we have at Francis Park and are excited about the next phase of our development.
The Impact of Covid on the club
With the suspension of recreational cricket during lockdown the club lost all income associated with cricket matches (bar takings, match fees, teas, and match ball sponsorship). Membership fees were cut to support members, many of whom were experiencing financial difficulties themselves. Our regular programme of events such as President’s Day and the Bonfire Party were cancelled. Our presentation evening was restricted to an outdoor event. All of this reduced our income significantly. Although the club continued to offer covid-secure outdoor practice sessions in 2020, it was not possible to run our usual indoor practice sessions throughout the winter of 2020/21. Once again, this resulted in lost income for the club.
As a result of a lot of hard work by members, the ground was ready for the resumption of recreational cricket from 18 July 2020. We are delighted that the 2021 season has started on schedule.
2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the re-founding of Maltby Cricket Club and, this fundraising campaign will help us face the future with confidence, creating a fantastic facility for the whole community. We are asking for your support in passing on the love of cricket to future generations.