Clacton Cricket Club

Clacton Cricket Club run 2 Saturday and 2 Sunday senior teams as well as midweek colts teams, whose ages range from under 11 through to under 16. Our 1st X1 compete in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, the 2nd team play in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship whilst on Sundays we have teams in the PDQ Cars North Essex Cricket League (1st X1) and the Two Counties (3rd X1).

Clacton Cricket Club also run a programme called “Jiminies” which caters for junior school children, who learn about cricket by playing the highly successful and fun Kwik Cricket.
Clacton Cricket Club are always on the lookout for players of all abilities, and should you be interested in joining Clacton CC either as a player or as a social member (Vice President) please send an e-mail via this site.


Cricket has been played at Clacton for over 100 years. The Club was formed in 1882 and played at several grounds around the area, including Clacton Grammar School, Old Road (where the Waterglade Retail Park is now sited), Holland Road and the site at Tower Road where the Westcliff Theatre now stands.

The Cricket Club came into its own being in 1903, having until that time been known as The Clacton Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club, but collapsed due to the lack of local support. It re-appeared in 1918 as Clacton St.Paul’s C.C.playing matches at the Old Road ground of Clacton Town F.C. an arrangement that was to last until 1923 when the Cricket Club moved to London Road.

In 1929 the Clacton Cricket Club moved to its present home at the Vista Road Recreation Ground. Due to the enormous amount of work put in by the then groundsman Don Mann, Clacton was awarded festival status by the Essex County Cricket Club, and the first County match was played at Vista Road in July 1931 between Essex and Lancashire.

There were several notable performances over the years at Vista Road, including England batsman Colin “Ollie” Milburn, who, having been left out of the test squad hit a double century in a day for Northamptonshire.
Trevor Bailey taking 10 for 90 for Essex against Lancashire in 1949 and perhaps the most remarkable of all featured Warwickshire wicketkeeper and Captain Alan Smith (later to become a test selector) who became so frustrated at his bowlers inability to dismiss the Essex tailenders that he took matters (quite literally) into his own hands, removed his pads and took the ball himself, banishing his bowlers to the outfield.
He promptly took a hat trick!!!!!!!

The County cut its ties with Clacton in 1966, since when the Club has grown in strength to become founder members of the much vaunted Premier League system and has performed with distinction at this level.

The Club has had several notable players over the years including the legendary Arnold Quick and John Stuck, and in recent seasons we have included former Essex and Worcestershire opening bat Adam Seymour and former West Indian test all-rounder Alvin Greenidge within our ranks.

Many of the current first team squad have made Minor Counties appearances for Suffolk, in both Championship matches against other Minor Counties and also against first class counties in the Cheltenham & Gloucester one day trophy.
These players include Andy Poole, Gary Kirk, Mark Jones, Chris Swallow and Ian Morton. Also Danny Rock and Chris Seal have appeared for Suffolk whilst with Clacton, although both have subsequently moved on. In addition to these players, David Coyle and Jamie Rock have represented Suffolk at U19 level.

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