Petrockstowe Cricket Club was founded in 2002 by a hard working group of enthusiasts who turned a meadow into a cricket ground surrounded by a nine hole ‘pitch n’ put’ golf area. The Petrockstowe Recreation Ground (Post Code EX20 3QF) is adjacent to the old Petrockstowe railway station.
In the early days the Club played only friendly matches with neighbouring villages and various touring sides. The teams changed in an ex-army `field tent` which also included a table for a bar with a barrel of beer which was run by Julie Harris and the late Steve Packer.
In 2009 when Petrockstowe was accepted into Division 5 of the North Devon League. The Club was also awarded a Sport for All Lottery Grant of £5,058 which enabled the Committee to buy a new `state of the art` Atco mower and a self-propelled roller which were ideal to use for producing League Standard wickets! In addition, the ex-army tent was replaced with a portacabin, plus two new sightscreens and a new scorebox were added to the venue.
In 2010, the Cricket Club purchased three large wooden sheds from the Clinton Estate; these were to become the new clubhouse. After two years of hard work by volunteers, the clubhouse was officially opened by Lord Clinton in May 2012. The new facility now comprises of kitchens, toilets and changing facilities.
After two years in Division 5, the Club were promoted to Division 4 in 2011. Club captain, Ken Heaman, works hard organising both League and Friendly fixtures, in addition to being responsible for team selection. As a result, in 2011 Ken was awarded a prestigious title as a runner up for work done on behalf of Cricket in the Community.
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to watch the cricket at the Petrockstowe Recreation Ground whilst sipping a delightful beer from the Boundary Bar! Refer to the latest e-Newsletter to find out when the next match is…
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President Lord Clinton
Chairman Lawson Tremellen
Club Captain Ken Heaman
Team Captain Nigel Cockwill
Treasurer Ted Seath
Secretary David Kelsey