Elvaston Cricket Club
Having a long, historic and successful past can be a burden when planning for the future but Elvaston Cricket Club are finding the right balance between celebrating past triumphs, whilst developing the structure that will bring the club future successes.
One look around their magnificent club house, situated in the grounds of historic Elvaston Castle, reminds you that this is the home of National Village Champions of 1994 and 2000. Recent victories, however, have been thin on the ground, although the club did compete in the top tier of the Derbyshire Cricket League as recently as 2010 but were relegated after just one season. It was then that a conscious decision was taken to employ two ECB level 3 coaches, in the shape of former Derbyshire Bowler Paul Aldred and ex Pakistani A team player Naeem Aktar, to improve playing standards and bring on new, young cricket talent.
They have also cast their net wide to look for young cricketers to offer them the opportunity to play their cricket at a high level and at one of the most magnificent grounds in English cricket; hence the recruitment of 6 new players this season including former Ticknall all-rounder Tom Cosford and Melbourne brothers Matt and James Heafield.
Current club secretary Simon Thompson, captain of the Lords winning team in 2000, is confident they have the right formula;
“We don’t expect overnight success; it’s a 3 year plan and, if all goes well, at the end of that we will be back in the County Premier division with the whole playing side of the club showing a dramatic improvement. We want a young talented team that can compete at the top and go onto inspire the next generation of players."
As the first Club in the country to acheive ECB Clubmark we are proud to offer our members a full range of excellent facilities together with quality coaching and matchplay opportunities for players of all standards.
Anyone wishing to become a playing member should contact the Club Secretary Simon Thompson (07802 151051), for junior membership contact Andy Johnson (07970 650088).
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