Bilton Cricket Club

Members of the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior Cricket League A ECB Clubmark Registered Club

A short history and general information



History:          Bilton Cricket Club was formed in the 1890’s and played cricket near Knox Lane in Harrogate before moving to a field near St John’s Church in Bilton in the early 1920’s. In 1952, after several years of enthusiastic fund raising, the club purchased its present ground on Bilton Lane. Up to the late 1970’s the club premises consisted of a wooden pavillion and a prefabricated building which was used as the clubhouse. The original pavillion is still in use today serving to store junior cricket equipment. 



In 1979 the club built its new brick built clubhouse, which included new changing facilities. Three further refurbishments, extensions and a rear verandah, completed proior to the 2013 season, provide what we consider to be the finest clubhouse in the Harrogate District. Full kitchen facilities enable the club provide its renown catering to players and private hire functions. All improvements are paid for by funds generated by the club and its members.



Ground and Facilities:            The cricket ground on Bilton Lane is one of the best kept and truest in the area, it is maintained to a very high standard by the full time groundsman Mr Russell Hutchinson. Russell holds the ECB  level groundsman qualification IOG level 1,2,3, obtained at Cranfield University.

The club regularly invests in new machinery for the square and outfield, and relaying of wickets to continue the improvements on the field as well as off. The ground is so well thought of by other organisations, that the club often hosts the Airedale and Wharfedale Senior League premier cup final known as the Waddilove Cup, Yorkshire Schools boys & girls county matches, the Arthur Barratt cup final, the Harrogate and District Ladies evening League final and  Lords Taverners Yorkshire festival representative games. The club has full disabled facilities which have been in place for many years.



Members:       The club has over 700 members of various categories including over 70 Junior Cricket Members and 100 senior citizens, who come along, not only for the cricket, but for the bingo, dominoes, numerous quizzes and other activities that the club organises for all its members. The club has an ever increasing level of membership with new members joining all the time.


Activities:       The club provides its facilities at no cost to the local community for such things as:-

The local Allotment Society, Neighbourhood Watch, Harrogate and District sports council, Harrogate and District Community Midwifes, a meeting place for other smaller local cricket clubs, Race Nights for charitable organisations and many other diverse activities. The club runs ladies and men’s darts teams as well as having 3 pool teams, these teams play in the local leagues and in the main compete with the best in the area..



Cricket:          The club runs 4 Junior cricket teams from Under 9 through to Under 17, 3 Saturday senior teams, one Sunday team, one evening league team. In the summer there are not many nights when the ground is not echoing to the sound of leather on willow. The Club has ECB qualified coaches who coach and manage the junior section not only in the summer but throughout the winter by entering the junior teams into indoor cricket leagues and running net sessions at local facilities. The club has a 3 lane state of the art net facility installed to improve facilities and give the best possible opportunities for cricket coaching and practise.



Community and School News 

To meet the commitments of its development plan, the club has been actively engaged in coaching at 2 local primary schools within its catchment area. 

In addition the club regularly provides cricket coaching school during school holidays for primary school pupils of all local schools within the Bilton catchment area.



Summary:       Bilton Cricket Club is a forward looking organisation that seeks to provide high quality facilities for all its members whether on the social side or on the cricket field. The club has achieved Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status. The club is fully incorporated into the local community providing a much needed location for groups to meet for the good and benefit of all in the community. The club achieves all that is does through self funded efforts paid for by finance raised from the hard work of the members and committee. Bilton CC has been awarded Sport England /ECB/ "Clubmark" accreditation, reinstated 2013, and working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Cricket Boards development officer for the north of the county(Mr.Ian Powell) will seek to gain "Focus" Club Status in 2013.